Careers in mining

With the demand for natural resources increasing globally, the mining industry offers many exciting opportunities for those seeking a dynamic and fulfilling career.

A career in mining can be both challenging and rewarding. Mining careers can include positions such as geologists, engineers, machine operators, safety specialists, and environmental technicians, to name just a few.

The work can be physically demanding, but with the right education, training, and experience, a career in mining can be a pathway to a successful and satisfying professional life.


Accountants prepare and inspect financial records. Accountants assess the financial dealings and operations of individuals and/or organisations and provide advice on associated compliance and record keeping.

Earthmoving Plant Operator

Earthmoving Plant Operators operate plant to excavate earth, ore and rock, break up pavement, road, rock and obstructions, move and load earth, rock and debris, and level, smooth and compact surfaces in construction and other projects.

Electrical Engineer

Electrical engineers research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems. These systems are used to generate, distribute, use and control electric power.


Electricians install and maintain electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories.

Emergency Services Officer (ESO)

An Emergency Services Officer (ESO) is a first responder who ensures a work site is always in a state of operational readiness in the event of an emergency.

Environmental Scientist

Environmental scientists measure and record features of the environment and study, assess and develop methods of controlling or minimising the harmful effects of human activity on the environment.


Geologists study the composition, structure and other physical attributes of the earth to increase scientific knowledge and to develop practical applications in fields such as mineral exploitation, civil engineering, environmental protection and rehabilitation of land after mining.

Heavy Vehicle Mechanic

Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, sometimes called Diesel Motor Mechanics, repair, maintain and test heavy vehicles, other engines and related mechanical components.

Human Resources Officer

Human Resources Officers provide administration services for the recruitment and employment of staff.

IT Support Officer

IT support officers provide help and advice to people and organisations using computer software or equipment.

Maintenance Fitter

Maintenance Fitters assemble, fabricate parts and perform maintenance and repairs on machinery and equipment.

Metallurgical Technician

Metallurgical Technicians develop test programs and test a wide variety of ore samples for mineral processing, metal refining, or research purposes. They provide technical support to metallurgical engineers.


Metallurgist’s research, control and develop processes that are used in extracting minerals from ore (rock) for refining metals.

Mining Engineer

Mining engineers ensure the safe and efficient development of mines by planning the engineering aspects of mineral extraction.

Mining Surveyor

A Mining Surveyor measures and collects data about land boundaries, and about the size, shape, position and contour of natural and man-made features.

Occupational Health & Safety Officer

Occupational health & safety officers work to reduce health and safety issues, and injuries and accidents in the workplace. They also design programs to prevent disease or injury to workers and damage to the environment.

Occupational Hygenist

Occupational hygienists use science and technology to measure worker exposures, assess worker risks and develop controls to improve the workplace environment.


Shotfirers assemble, position and detonate explosives at a mining site. Shotfirers may also be known as blasters.

Supply Officer

Supply Officers manage, receive and dispatch goods, and track and maintain stocks levels and inventory.

Underground Miner

Underground Miners excavate minerals, rocks and other materials using specialist equipment in underground mines.