Start your career in an important Australian industry and build versatile skills by studying a mining course.
After completing a mining course, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a range of areas, including in mining engineering, project management, or machinery operation.
If you choose to work as a mining engineer, you may perform tasks like:
If you choose to work as a project manager on a mining project, you may expect to perform tasks such as:
If you work as a drill operator or drill plant manager, you can expect to perform tasks like:
You’ll thrive working in mining if you:
Job opportunities in the mining sector expanded rapidly over the last decade and are expected to contract in the next decade, according to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook.
Job Outlook reports that approximately 11,700 people are currently employed as mining engineers in Australia, and predicts that the profession will contract slightly to employ approximately 9,000 people by 2020. Similarly, Job Outlook states that approximately 48,500 people are employed as drillers, miners and shot firers, and job opportunities in that profession will similarly contract slightly, to employ approximately 36,200 people by 2020.
According to PayScale, a mining engineer can expect to earn between $76,000 and $156,000, with an annual average salary of approximately $120,000. PayScale notes a positive relationship between experience and earning capacity, with engineers with more than 20 years of professional experience earning up to $176,000 per year, while entry-level engineers earning on average approximately $110,000 per year.
According to PayScale, a miner can expect to earn between $75,000 and $162,000, with an annual average salary of approximately $96,000.