Mining Jobs

Coal provides 25% of our primary energy needs and fuels 40% of the world's electricity and is expected to last a further 155 years. Major producers include Germany, which as of 2005 was the world's largest brown coal producer, representing over 20% of global production followed by the USA, Russia, Greece and Australia.
Coal is mined by two methods ? surface or 'opencast' mining and underground or 'deep' mining. 60% of world coal production is done via underground mining although surface mining is more common in several important coal producing countries. For example it accounts for around 80% of production in Australia, while in the USA it is used for about 67% of production.

What are the pros and cons of being a coal miner?

If you like getting your hands dirty (and everything else) and taking risks this could be the job for you.

Coal Mining is a physically demanding job, so you need to be in good physical health and fairly strong and not object to working in conditions, which may be hazardous as well as limited with regard to movement.

In the past coal mining was a very dangerous job but with new techniques and better equipment and health and safety laws, the situation has improved but around the world these conditions will vary vastly.

Deaths associated with coal mining are still fairly common compared to other jobs. Mining is reported to be the second MOST dangerous occupation in America. See here: Bureau of Labour Statistics

An article in China Daily (2004) link below says that coal mining has become the most deadly job in China with a reported 80 percent of the total deaths in coal mine accidents.

As well as deaths from accidents, there are various illnesses associated with coal mining such as pneumoconiosis (black lung) . In the USA there are 4000 new cases of black lung every year. This illness is shown to reduce life expectancy.

You can check out recent reports on mine safety, etc. here:Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

Ok so those are the cons of mining now here is a list of benefits:

  • Potentially high earnings
  • A flexible work schedule that allows for time off the mine site (depending on where you work of course)
  • Food is generally provided as well as sleeping and living conditions
  • Opportunities for promotion and career advancement

How do I find a coal mining Job?

There are many mining jobs advertised on the Internet. Simply enter 'mining job' into the search engine and see what comes up. Meanwhile what type of mining job did you want? There are many positions available in the mining Industry. Here are a few:

  • Project Manager - Construction/Mining
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Mining Engineer
  • Crusher and Mining Equipment Service Technician
  • Mining Supervisor
  • Senior Mining Analyst
  • Coal Mining Foreman
  • Goal Geologist
  • Coal Miners
  • Process Metallurgist
  • Geologist
  • Region President - Construction/Mining
  • Underground Mine Geologist
  • Safety Manager

You can check this site out for details of what various posts involve. It lists the many different jobs involved in the various mining industries around the world with full job details, so you just click on a job title and a full list of requirements and further details will be presented.

This site is also helpful:
They offer comprehensive information and advice for obtaining employment in the mining industry not just in the USA but also around the world. They provide salary estimates based on where you want to work and details of any training you may need, etc.


For a more comprehensive look at coal mining there are a couple more links you can visit: This has a very comprehensive list of links to related coal mining sites around the world.