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Occupation Title: Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers

Description: Conduct sub-surface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land or mining development sites. May specify the ground support systems, processes and equipment for safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction or underground construction activities. May inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment, and working conditions. May design, implement, and coordinate mine safety programs.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 17-2151

Sample Job Titles: Mine Engineer, Mining Engineer, Engineer, Geologist, Planning Engineer, Mine Safety Manager, Project Engineer, Engineering Manager, Mine Engineering Manager, Mine Engineering Superintendent. 

 Salary Chart Mining & Geological Engineers

Estimated Total Employment*
2008: 6,900
2009: 6,310
2010: 6,270
2011: 6,630
2012: 7,640

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2010-2020): 2,000
Projected Growth (2010-2020): 10-19%

(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. REC-0439914 and DRL-0910041 (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography).

Suggested citation: Association of American Geographers, Jobs & Careers Website, Salary Data and Trends, http://www.aag.org/cs/salary_data_and_trends/salary_data_and_trends_overview (accessed mm//dd/yyyy).