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When thinking of mining jobs within the mining industry, many people think of the traditional miners - pickaxes, hard-hats, taking a lift down to a mine shaft, hours of hard toil in dark tunnels to mine coal and gold. However, nowadays, due to technological advancements and adapting to societal changes, the modern mining industry has so much more to offer. As a result, a wide variety of essential senior mining jobs and career paths are available within the industry.
The rise of the
digital age and the change in societal needs and attitudes have forced
industries to reflect on their current practices and make changes to ensure
their future survival, growth, and productivity. The mining industry is no
different, and two significant focuses have been technological advancements and
increasing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. These focuses are
instrumental to the growth of the industry and its reputation of being a welcoming
and inclusive employer.
Rise of Technology
- The mining industry has seen an incredible rise in technological
advancements, from automated vehicles to drones to using Artificial
Intelligence in mine planning software and mineral exploration. This technology
is used to swiftly and safely locate and source materials from gold to copper,
battery metals, and potash. As a result, technological advances have saved
mining companies time and reduced costs while simultaneously increasing
productivity and safety within the mines.
are employing technology-focused senior roles such as mining planning
engineers, machine learning engineers, geologists, and project managers to
maximise the productivity of this technology.
Diversity and Inclusion
in the Workplace - When many of us reflect on the industry historically, we consider it
as very male-dominated. This attitude has, in years gone by, been true.
However, things are changing. Over recent years the mining industry has focused
on increasing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We have recently
explored diversity in our blog Digging Deeper: How
Diverse is Mining Today?
2019 that companies with a female CEO saw a 20% increase in stock
price momentum from a financial point of view. In addition, companies with
a female CFO saw a 6% increase in profitability. Diversity and inclusion increase the industry's profitability but
also bring in different ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds which can help
mining face the challenges of the digital age and climate change. Diversity
and inclusion are the future of mining, and people of all backgrounds should
consider mining as an exciting career path to follow.
Here are five of
the most searched jobs in the mining industry. We will explore what these roles
consist of, what qualifications and skills you need, and what potential career
paths are available.
Mining Engineers are responsible for assessing potential mine locations' safety, feasibility and productivity. Once the site is confirmed, the engineer will then develop the design of the mines, which includes the development of the underground and shafts. They will also be part of designing the mining equipment, ensuring that materials such as gold and copper are extracted efficiently and safely. As part of the design process, they must ensure that budgets, client guidelines, and safety regulations are met. Once the mine has been fully developed, the engineer will continue to test its efficiency through data analysis and make changes where necessary.
Qualifications and Skills - Mining Engineers are usually required to have a
bachelor's degree in one of the following subjects
If you possess a
degree not specialised in mining, you can improve your chances of becoming an
engineer by studying for a postgraduate qualification in mining
is a job that opens the door to working internationally. If working abroad is
your ambition, you must ensure your degree is recognised in the country where
you would like to work.
mining engineers are expected to be organised and efficient in their work. They
are expected to be able to problem-solve and have high analytical skills. In
addition, engineers should be able to work independently and as part of a
Career Prospects - The usual career path for engineers is as follows:
If career progression is
essential to you, it is worth checking with a potential mining employer what
career development programmes are in place and what opportunities there are for
A technical services manager is responsible for leading the technical services team. They lead senior engineers and geologists in developing mining projects to ensure they are completed and within guidelines. In addition, they focus on planning, budgeting, cost control, administration of contracts, and the production and construction of a project. They are also responsible for team development and mentoring to ensure employees adhere to safety and environmental regulations, positive management practices, and company policy and procedure.
Required Qualifications and Skills - Technical Services Managers are required to possess a bachelor's degree in a mining-related field, for example:
Due to the
importance of the role, many employers will ask for extensive experience of
working in mines and proven experience as a technical manager in a similar
position. In addition, as mining has become more technologically advanced, the
role also requires extensive knowledge of mining systems such as Mine24 and
Career Prospects - Technical
Services Managers can land positions in mines worldwide, from Africa to Central
America to Australia. The great thing about this role is the variety of career
paths you can take within the mining industry. Jobs that technical services
managers have progressed to include:
A Vice President of
Exploration is a crucial senior management team member and is responsible for
leading and planning the company's technical, exploration, and geology
activities. They must ensure that when identifying exploration opportunities
are consistent with the corporate strategic plan. The vice president will
assist with the acquisition negotiations and contracts when an opportunity has
been placed. In addition, they will contribute to developing the corporate
strategic plan to achieve the company's exploration goals. They will regularly
liaise with outside consultants and business partners as part of their
Qualifications and Skills - Most employers would expect you already be a
professional Geologist, a role in which you would need a bachelor's degree in
Geology. Candidates for the Vice President of Exploration role would also need
extensive experience as either an exploration manager or already be in the same
position in a similar precious metals background. The candidate would also need
strong communication skills and be able to build and maintain business
partnerships with contractors, governments, and local communities. They would
also have to be able to contribute and lead presentations to investors and
potential investors. Vice Presidents would also need strong leadership, management,
and organisational skills.
Career Prospects - Vice Presidents of Exploration have the potential to land jobs worldwide, including in North America, Europe, and Africa. Potential career paths include becoming a Head of Geology or Head/President of Exploration.
A Mine Geologist's
central role is to locate new mineral resources for mining projects. Using
tools such as field maps, aerial photographs, and geophysical surveys, they
discover where valuable materials are and what quantities are available in that
area. They assess and analyse geological data to advise on short-term and
long-term mining projects in areas such as the lifespan of the venture, how
profitable it will likely be, and health and safety. They are also responsible
for assessing the environmental impact of extracting minerals on the land and
the people living on it.
Qualifications and Skills - Geologists are required to hold a Bachelor's
degree in one of the following subjects
It is also becoming
more common for potential or new Geologists to hold or be working towards a
postgraduate qualification such as a Masters or PhD. These further qualifications
will increase your chances of landing a position as it shows an employer a more
advanced level of knowledge. Geologists also should possess analytical thinking
skills, excellent communication skills, and a detailed understanding of
computer systems and software.
Career Prospects - With extensive Geologist experience (many employers ask for three years+), you can progress to a Senior Geologist or a consultant position. Another avenue that you can explore is teaching Geology within colleges and universities so you can help train the next generation of Geologists.
Project managers are responsible for the planning, procurement, executing, and completion of a mining project. This includes developing construction schedules, managing budgets, liaising with clients to ensure requirements are met, and ensuring health and safety procedures are followed on sites. In addition, they liaise with maintenance, engineering, operations, and external contractors in developing a mining project. It is a role that offers the challenge of balancing engineering abilities with leadership skills. Project managers should also possess strong communication, negotiation, and decision-making skills.
Required Qualifications and Skills - Project managers must hold a Bachelor's degree in mining engineering, engineering, or a related technical field. Many organisations may ask for previous project management experience, including project accounting, contracts, budgeting, and procurement. It is a job with opportunities to work worldwide, so a willingness to relocate and language skills are also an advantage.
Career Prospects - The next step up
from project manager is a senior project manager. To progress to this role,
companies usually ask for extensive experience in project management (the
number of years depends on the hiring company), exceptional leadership skills,
strong stakeholder management, and knowledge of using data and metrics to drive
The mining industry has undergone considerable changes recently and is preparing for a productive and sustainable future. Technological advancements have been key to this future due to the challenges created by the digital age and climate change. The mining industry needs talented and highly-skilled leaders to guide the industry and drive future growth.
The focus on increasing diversity
and inclusion in the workplace has meant the doors for senior positions are open
to people from different backgrounds and cultures. Be part of a critical,
exciting, and ever-involving industry and become a future mining leader.
As one of the
leading mining recruiters, CSG are focused on building and maintaining strong
relationships with our clients and candidates in the mining industry. We have
developed a network of experts who provide insights into the latest
developments and market insights. These insights enable us to guide, advise and
support our clients with their talent strategy and to help their businesses
grow. We work closely with our candidates to find their motivations and
needs, connecting them with suitable clients. We also work with our clients
to ensure that the candidate experience is seamless and effective and meets the
expectations of all parties involved. We also embrace diversity and inclusion
in the workplace and ensure our candidates and interview process reflect our
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