Make Your Career In Mining - Careers Guide

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With more than 100 careers across the mining industry, opportunities exist on mine sites, in high-tech remote mining centres, in science as well as computer laboratories – or any mix of locations.

You can make your career managing a team, rehabilitating mine sites, building robotics or piloting drones, engineering machinery, safeguarding native plants and animals, or tackling climate change.

Advances in technology – AI, big data, automation and connectivity – are core business for mining today. Technology makes workplaces safer and healthier, and is enabling industry to employ more people in roles ranging from virtual reality to mechatronics.

Mine sites are also using technology to reduce reliance on fuel, generate cleaner energy and minimise water use as part of the industry’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions.

Improving the environmental performance of mining extends to land management. Long before any excavation begins, mine rehabilitation is planned in consultation with local and First Nations communities.

And those whose job it is to make mining more sustainable? Environmental scientists, Indigenous engagement specialists, cultural heritage advisers, hydrogeologists, social performance advisers... mining has a career for everybody.

Demand for Australia’s minerals and metals – and highly skilled employees – will only grow. The industry added another 40,000 jobs in the past five years and over the next couple of years aims to add 5000 new apprenticeships.

With global demand for energy and infrastructure rising to meet an evergrowing world population, society is consuming more minerals and metals than ever before.

Australia’s miners produce more than 45 minerals used in the manufacture of products ranging from smartphones, electric cars, space travel, solar panels, glass and concrete to golf clubs, wind turbines and medical implants.

Renewable energy is also driving demand for resources. Australia is fast becoming the supplier of choice for a low carbon future, whether it be silver, silicon and copper for solar panels, lithium for battery storage and electric vehicles, or vanadium, cobalt and rare earths for wind turbines.

So whatever your age, gender identity, cultural background, sexual orientation, physical ability or caring responsibilities, with so many jobs on offer there has never been a better time to consider a career in Australian mining.

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