Mining and geological engineers held about 8,300 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most mining and geological engineers were as follows:
Metal ore mining
Oil and gas extraction
Support activities for mining
Many work at mining operations in remote locations; some work in sand-and-gravel operations that are located near large cities; and some engineers work in offices of mining firms or consulting companies, which are generally in large urban areas.
Most mining and geological engineers work full time, and more than 2 in 5 worked more than 40 hours a week in 2014. The remoteness of some of the locations gives rise to variable schedules and weeks during which they work more hours than usual.