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Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction Occupations

The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) is a "standard for use by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the collection, analysis, and publication of statistical data related to the business economy of the U.S" (see Ask Dr. NAICS). "The Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction sector comprises establishments that extract naturally occurring mineral solids, such as coal and ores; liquid minerals, such as crude petroleum; and gases, such as natural gas. The term mining is used in the broad sense to include quarrying, well operations, beneficiating (e.g., crushing, screening, washing, and flotation), and other preparation customarily performed at the mine site, or as a part of mining activity" (see 2007 NAICS definition).  O*Net Online provides information about occupations in each sector based on employment.

The AAG has compiled data on occupations related to geography by sector. Many occupations are found in more than one sector. Use the menu below or the navigation links to the left  to learn more about a specific occupation and explore your career options!