Engineers Guide USA
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Mining and Geological Engineer Employment

Mining and geological engineers held about 6,400 jobs in 2010. They work at mining operations in remote locations. However, some work in sand-and-gravel operations that are located near larger cities. More experienced engineers can get jobs in offices of mining firms or consulting companies, which are generally in large urban areas.

The industries that employed the largest number of mining and geological engineers in 2010 were as follows:

Architectural, engineering, and related services 28%
Metal ore mining 14%
Coal mining 13%
Oil and gas extraction 7%
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying 5%

Nearly all mining and geological engineers worked full time in 2010.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition  

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