Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers

What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Engineer, Engineering Manager, Mine Engineer, Mine Engineering Manager, Mine Engineering Superintendent, Mine Environmental Engineer, Mine Safety Manager, Mining Consultant, Mining Engineer, Planning Engineer, Project Engineer, Safety Coordinator, Safety Engineer, Safety Representative

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 8.2%

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  • 600

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Typical College Majors

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (6%)
  • Master's degree (26.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (51.5%)
  • Associate's degree (3%)
  • Some college, no degree (7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (5.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.4%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Prepare technical reports for internal use.
  • Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards.
  • Investigate safety of work environment.
  • Advise others on health and safety issues.
  • Determine operational methods.
  • Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
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O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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