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Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council » Hydrographer


Hydrographers are responsible for organising safe navigational paths and currents for marine navigation. They do this by analysing, monitoring and measuring groundwater resources and the earth’s surface. There are two categories which Hydrographers can work in: oceanic or land based. Hydrographers spend their work days either undertaking field work or completing computer based data evaluation and analysis.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Maintain instruments which monitor water levels, meteorology and water quality.
  • Carry out field operations & Rapid Environmental Assessments.
  • Uses geographic information systems software to verify the data collected in the field.
  • Confirm data gathered by automatic monitors by collecting sample data at a range of locations.
  • Site reports and surveys & archive collected information & data.
  • Hydrographers must have a solid understanding of statistics for data evaluation.

Industry facts

  • Hydrography is a specific area of geography that concerns the ocean and the sea floor.
  • Hydrographers can work in both branches of the land and sea as many of the hydrographic concepts and technologies are common to both professions.
  • In Australia, Hydrographers can also be known as field hydrologists and hydrometric technicians.

Entry Qualifications

Training qualification:

  • Industry accreditation through to degree programs

Estimated Salary

$35,101 – $138,086 (Median $46,191)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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