Mining and Mineral Engineering programs prepare individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of mineral extraction, processing and refining systems, including open pit and shaft mines, prospecting and site analysis equipment and instruments, environmental and safety systems, mine equipment and facilities, mineral processing and refining methods and systems, and logistics and communications systems.
For all the 302 degrees granted in Mining and Mineral Engineering annually, the majority of them are Bachelors degree. Of the 170 students graduating with degrees at the Bachelors degree level in the US, 80% percent identify as men and 20% percent identify as women. Though students at schools all over the US study Mining and Mineral Engineering, Colorado has the most graduates. The average starting salary for a graduate with a bachelor's degree in Mining and Mineral Engineering is $70,200.
If you’re thinking about majoring in Mining and Mineral Engineering, then you should look at these top colleges, including Colorado School of Mines, Montana Technological University and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Colorado School of Mines is our top ranked institution for a degree in Mining and Mineral Engineering with 27 students graduating with this major annually at the Bachelors degree level. Learn more about college options in the table below.
For Mining and Mineral Engineering majors, some of the most in demand jobs include Architectural and Engineering Managers, Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary and Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers. Additionally, Mining and Mineral Engineering graduates may find a high salary job, such as Architectural and Engineering Managers or Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary.