So just where are the jobs in mining, and which ones pay the most?
There is currently a skills shortage in the mining industry in Australia.
So read on to discover what you can do to fill this gap.
The shift to new technology also means certain skills are more in demand than others currently and in years to come. Already the more skilled your base, the higher your salary.
Recent ABS data showed where the money is in mining jobs.
The highest paid jobs in mining are usually the ones involving special skills. The mining industry still pays the highest wages in the country, with one in ten full time employees earning a weekly weekly wage of $2,364 or more.
According to the survey, the lowest weekly earnings were reported for people working in accommodation and food services, sales, and community and personal service workers. These areas of the industry averaged around $500 – $700 per week.
Full-time machinery operators and drivers were the most in demand and worked the longest hours, signifying how technology has changed traditional mining jobs from pick and shovel work to operating heavy machinery.
But that could be moving even further forward, to jobs involving technology akin to computer games – blast engineering (http://www.itnews.com.au/News/336174,australian-mines-find-explosive-power-in-it.aspx ).
With the shift to new software that makes prospecting easier, and advances in mineral transportation, many forecasters predict more off-site jobs involving new technology, so there may be a skills shortage in Computer Technology-savvy workers. Simply put, the mining jobs will be in Information Technology and computer engineering.
This is further supported by a recent poll of mining executives, which found 50 % of respondents felt substituting labour with technology would have a positive impact on their business in 2013.
The shift from blue collar to predominantly white collar workers in mining indicates the types of training you need to complete to work on a mine needs adjusting too.
The mining industry in Australia is indeed growing, but many opportunities are dependent on your having a good skills base or at least fulfilling some basic steps to better place yourself to get an interview with a mining company and ultimately, the job.
So what courses can you do to better equip yourself to move with the shifts to new technology and get yourself in with a highly-paid mining job?
Where To Find Australian Mining Industry Jobs