Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers

General Information

Description

Conduct sub-surface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land or mining development sites. May specify the ground support systems, processes and equipment for safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction or underground construction activities. May inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment, and working conditions. May design, implement, and coordinate mine safety programs.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit92.39%
  2. Self-employed4.93%
  3. Federal government1.56%
  4. State and local government1.12%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Metal Ore Mining
  • Coal Mining

Job Outlook

Employment of mining and geological engineers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth for mining and geological engineers will depend upon demand for coal, metals, and minerals. These resources are used in many products, from construction materials and cars to cell phones and computers. More mining and geological engineers are expected to be employed by engineering services firms, which provide specialized mine exploration, design, and production services. As companies look for ways to cut costs, they are expected to contract more services with engineering services firms, rather than employ engineers directly.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$120,040

State-by-state Salary

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$132,020
$62,450
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 79%
  • Post baccalaureate 16%
  • Master's degree 2%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Production and Processing

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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