Mining and geological engineers design mines to safely and efficiently remove minerals for use in manufacturing and utilities.
Many mining and geological engineers work where mining operations are located, such as mineral mines or sand-and-gravel quarries, in remote areas or near cities and towns. Others work in offices or onsite for oil and gas extraction firms or engineering services firms.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited engineering program is required to become a mining or geological engineer.
The median annual wage for mining and geological engineers was $93,800 in May 2020.
Employment of mining and geological engineers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth for mining and geological engineers will be driven by demand for mining operations. In addition, as companies look for ways to cut costs, they are expected to contract more services with engineering services firms, rather than employ engineers directly.