Career Path Forecast
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers,
are expected to have employment growth of 15 percent over the
projections decade, faster than the average for all occupations.
Following a lengthy period of decline, strong growth in demand for
minerals is expected to create some employment growth over the 2008–18
period. Moreover, many currently employed mining engineers are
approaching retirement age, a factor that should create additional job
openings. Furthermore, relatively few schools offer mining engineering
programs, resulting in good job opportunities for graduates. The best
opportunities may require frequent travel or even living overseas for
extended periods as mining operations around the world recruit graduates
of U.S. mining engineering programs.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.