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Hydraulic Engineer

Industry: Energy
Area: Geothermal

Geothermal energy production involves tapping the heat present in subsurface rock and soil units. It can be as simple as withdrawing warm ground water and using it as a source of heat or it can involve tapping hot sub-surface waters to generate electricity. It is considered by many to be a "green" energy source that has minimal impact upon the natural environment. Hydraulic engineering is a sub- discipline of civil engineering concerned with the flow and conveyance of fluids, principally water.

Work Settings

Hydraulics engineers work regular hours, but may work long hours and evenings depending on deadlines and responsibilities. People working in project management may be on call during busy periods. Workplace conditions for hydraulics engineers can be challenging. When inspecting proposed sites, engineers may travel to isolated areas and have to walk to the site.


A bachelor's degree in civil engineering with advanced study in hydraulic engineering is required.

Job Outlook

Civil Engineers are expected to see average employment growth through 2014. Spurred by general population growth and an increased emphasis on infrastructure security, more civil engineers will be needed to design and construct safe and higher capacity transportation, water supply, and pollution control systems, as well as large buildings and building complexes.


Civil Engineers with a Bachelor's Degree earn $44,000, those with a Master's Degree $49,000.

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