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 work mostly in mining operations in remote locations. However, some work in sand-and-gravel operations located near large cities.
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 $94,040 in May 2015.
Employment of mining and geological engineers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, 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 firms, rather than employ engineers directly.
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