What does a Water Resources Engineer do?

Water resources engineers develop and execute plans for developing water systems that provide clean, safe water in an efficient way that is also good for the planet. They play a central role in civil and commercial construction projects that involve water distribution. They incorporate innovative and environmentally conscious strategies and principles into design planning, with water and energy conservation as top priorities. They perform environmental and technical studies and data analysis, and create reports and proposals.

Water resources engineers typically have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related field, and a background involving the development of water systems. Many roles require a Professional Engineer license or other certification. Experience conducting environmental and feasibility studies is an advantage. Familiarity with water rights and related laws is helpful.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Water Resources Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$84,966 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $85K
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Water Resources Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Water Resources Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Senior Water Resources Engineer
18 Nov 2020

“Over my tenure at SGM I was provided a great opportunity to expand the depth of my expertise and breadth of the engineering field.”

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Water Resources Engineer
4 Jul 2021

“based education and media.”

CNH IndustrialCNH Industrial
Hydraulic Engineer
20 Nov 2020

“Good pay and 401k.”

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Water Resources EIT
26 Nov 2020

“Great people and team to work with.”

Senior Water Resources Engineer
18 Nov 2020

“I felt I was compensated well and the benefit package was better than anything I had seen prior.”

Senior Water Resources Engineer
18 Nov 2020

“I always felt well supported in my tasks and was offered opportunities to participate in very exciting projects.”

Manager, Water Treatment Plants
18 Jan 2021

“Good pay benifits package was ok”

Muller EngineeringMuller Engineering
Water Resources Engineer
21 Apr 2021

“Great people and quality projects”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a water resources engineer

When working as a water resources engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are AutoCAD, Stormcad, Written Communication, GIS and openid CONNECT.

The most similar professions to water resources engineer are:
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  • Program Manager
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The most common qualifications to become a water resources engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.