Mine Geologist

There are many kinds of geologists but mine geologists have expertise in the geological aspects of developing and designing mines as well as estimating the production potential for specific sites. They usually work as part of a multidisciplinary team that is in charge of drilling as well as surface exploration. They assist in figuring out the best possible methods for extracting minerals oil and petroleum that will not only be safe but also will ensure the quality of the products that are taken from the earth. They are often asked to give advice on the reserve that exists in a particular mine. Their activities can entail sampling and dating mineral deposits as well as checking their quality mapping the geology of a mine and clearly presenting this information to interested parties. In some cases they may be required to create mine models using computer-aided design (CAD) software. Because mines are located across the world mine geologists are often required to travel overseas. In the location where they are sent they are responsible for locating deposits for the purpose of determining where drilling should begin. Once the drilling and mining is initiated mine geologists work to ensure the materials extracted are as high in quality as possible. Mine geologists must have numerical skills and must be able to work with computers. The website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com says that mine geologists need a bachelor’s degree for most jobs in this industry. However some jobs with the government or private firms prefer applicants that have earned post graduate degrees. Those that aspire to academic teaching and research positions generally need a doctoral degree. Mine geologists’ earnings depend on employer experience and level of education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics mine geologists can expect to earn approximately $68570 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $68570
High Salary: $78570
Low Salary: $58570
Tasks: Studies the composition of potential and current mines.
Helps explore for natural resources.
Selects locations for mining.
Determines the direction for future mining development.
Also Called: Underground Mine Geologist
Mining Engineer
Engineering Geologist
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