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Entry-Level Mining Engineering

Basic statistics every mining engineer needs.

Statistics for Entry-Level Mining Engineering

There is a lot of information mining engineers need when they start looking for entry-level mining engineering jobs. The following are important statistics to understand when you start searching for your first entry-level mining engineering job.

What do Mining Engineers Do?

Mining and geological engineers design mines to safely and efficiently remove minerals such as coal and metals for use in manufacturing and utilities.

Mining engineers often specialize in one particular mineral or metal, such as coal or gold. They typically design and develop mines and determine the best way to extract metal or minerals to get the most out of deposits.

Some mining engineers work with geoscientists and metallurgical engineers to find and evaluate ore deposits. Other mining engineers develop new equipment or direct mineral-processing operations to separate minerals from dirt, rock, and other materials.

Mining safety engineers use best practices and their knowledge of mine design to ensure workers’ safety and to maintain compliance with state and federal safety regulations. They inspect the walls and roofs of mines, monitor the air quality, and examine mining equipment for possible hazards.

How many Mining Engineers are there?

Currently there are 6,300 mining engineers working in the United States of America. This represents less than 1% of the total engineers working in the United States.

Number of Mining Engineers in the United States

Mining engineering is one of the smallest engineering disciplines. Having a small discipline means that finding jobs in that career field might be limited to only specific locations in the United States.

Are Advanced Degrees Required?

Most engineers struggle with the decision on pursuing an advanced degree. For entry-level engineering jobs, the more technical the job is, the higher the chance it will require an advanced degree.

To understand how many mining engineers go on to get advanced degrees, reference the table below.

Mining Engineering - Advanced Degrees

Based on the data, 24% (81/335) of mining engineering students go on to get a master’s degree and approximately 7% (24/335) pursue a doctoral degree in a given year. For a master’s degree and doctoral degree, this is below the engineering average.

Inside an engineering discipline, some jobs can require an advanced degree while others do not. The only true way to know if you will need an advanced degree for the entry-level mining engineering job you want, is to look at job postings. If all of the jobs you are interested in require an advanced degree, it means you need to go and get one.

Entry-Level Mining Engineering Jobs Created

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the future job growth for each field of engineering.  Based on the data, there will be 300 jobs created in Mining Engineering over the next 10-years.

It can be assumed that the job growth is in entry-level jobs. This is due to the actual creation of entry-level jobs, or creation of higher-level jobs that are filled with the existing workforce opening up entry-level positions.

Entry-Level Mining Engineering Job Growth

Based on the new job growth as a percentage of the existing job market, the projected yearly growth is 3.8% for entry-level mining engineering jobs. The average growth rate for all entry-level engineering jobs is 4.1% per year.

Job growth for mining engineering is slightly above the job growth for engineering as a whole. Higher job growth in an industry is attractive because it equates to more opportunities in that field in the future.

Competition Index For Entry-Level
Mining Engineering Jobs

At the Job Formula, we like to calculate the competition index for different types of engineering jobs. To do this, we divide the total number of graduates in a discipline by the total number of jobs available in that discipline. This calculation shows how many graduates there are for each available job.

The lower the competition index the better. A competition index of one (1) means that there is one graduate for every one job.

The competition index for entry-level mining engineering jobs is 1.5. This is the same as the competition index for the average engineering discipline of 1.5. This means there is almost one and half mining engineering graduates for every one entry level job.

Competition for Entry-Level Mining Engineering Jobs

We calculate the competition index to give graduate engineers an idea of the type of competition they will face when they start looking for their first job.

Please note that competition will vary inside an engineering field based on the type of industry, the location and how attractive a job is.

Industries for Entry-Level Mining Engineers

Mining Engineering is a diverse degree which means you can work in many different industries. The follow are the top five industries that hire mining engineers.

Mining Engineering Industries

The percent of total employment means out of all mining engineers, how many are working in that one industry.

If you are looking for an entry-level mining engineering job, these are the best industries to start with.

Entry-Level Mining Engineering Job Salary

The average entry-level mining engineering salary is shown below. Additionally, the average mining engineering salary, the bottom 10% and top 10% salaries are shown.

Entry-Level Mining Engineering Salary

Entry-level mining engineering salaries are above the industry average for entry-level salaries.

At Job Formula, we preach enjoying your job over seeking out a high salary. If you enjoy your job, you are more likely to move up in the position. The Top 10% of any engineering degree field is higher than the mean annual salary of the highest paying degree field. Find a job you like and try to move toward that top 10%.

Resources for Entry-Level Mining Engineers

The formula we have been taught since we were small children is just not true. Getting a college degree does not guarantee you a great job. If the formula worked, over 49% of college graduates would not report that they found it hard or extremely hard to find their first job.

Universities are failing engineering students because they are not training them on how to go from getting a degree to getting an entry-level engineering job.

The Job Formula will help you learn what you need to learn to get hired! See our free resources below to get started.

The Winning Entry-Level Engineering Resume

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Entry-Level Engineering Blog

Job Formula’s engineering blog is dedicated to helping entry-level engineers get hired. On the blog, you will find articles on internships, cover letters, resumes, interviews and more, all geared toward engineers!

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*The information on this page was pulled together from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other various resources. The information is intended for education purposes only.