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Mining and Geological Engineers

Mining and Geological Engineers
Quick Facts : Mining and Geological Engineers*
2010 Median Pay$82,870
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20126,400
Job Outlook10% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change600

Mining and geological engineers design mines for the safe and efficient removal of minerals, such as coal and metals, for manufacturing and utilities. Some work with geologists and metallurgical engineers to find and evaluate new ore deposits.

What Mining and Geological Engineers Do

  • Supervise the construction of mine shafts and tunnels in underground operations
  • Devise methods for transporting minerals to processing plants
  • Prepare technical reports for miners, engineers, and managers
  • Monitor production rates to assess the effectiveness of operations
  • Ensure that mines are operated in safe and environmentally sound ways

Work Environment

Mining engineers work mostly in mining operations in remote locations. However, some work in sand-and-gravel operations located near larger cities.
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Job Outlook

Employment of mining and geological engineers is expected to grow 10 percent from 2010 to 2020 and will be driven by demand for mining operations.
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The median annual wage of mining and geological engineers was $82,870 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Mining and Geological Engineers

A bachelor's degree from an accredited engineering program is required to become a mining or geological engineer, including a mining safety engineer. To work as a credentialed professional engineer requires licensure which is generally acquired by passing two exams.
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