The minerals & energy industries are a vital component of the Australian economy. They hold an important place in the history of Australia’s development and continues to make a substantial contribution to national income, exports and employment. A major contributor to employment and wealth within the community, the minerals industry employs a range of graduates with qualifications in engineering, the sciences, business, commerce and, increasingly, information technology. Nevertheless, it is an industry highly susceptible to fluctuations in the global economy.
Career opportunities for graduates interested in entering the mining industry are diverse. The dominant professional groups are mining engineers, geologists, geophysicists, surveyors and metallurgists/mineral processing engineers, with smaller numbers of petroleum and chemical engineers. Other professionals provide critical support services, so there are also opportunities for graduates from disciplines such as accounting, business, law, IT and science.
People working in the industry can be involved in a range of activities such as strategic management, exploration, extraction, environmental management, processing of minerals, community and indigenous relations, administration and marketing.
Overseas opportunities will grow, as many mining companies shift their focus to their own international operations or to the provision of services to international mining companies in response to social shifts.
What you need
- An engineering or science degree
- A degree in environmental science, engineering, accounting, IT or marketing (support positions in the industry)
- Work experience is a component of many degree programs in mining engineering, surveying or geoscience and often leads to graduate employment
Geologists & Geophysicists
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