How to get a Job in the Mines?
Are you interested in working in the mines? The mining sector plays an important role in the Australian economy and provides jobs for around 2% of our workforce. There are a range of roles available; from skilled trades workers to dump truck drivers to exploration geologists and engineers.
Mining can take you to some of the most remote locations in Australia, and these roles can often be a great place for earning competitive salaries and developing skills in your chosen occupation. But what is it like to work in the mining industry? And what do mining companies look for? Keep reading to find out.
Did you know?
Most mining jobs are located in Western Australia and Queensland
The vast majority are located in regional areas
FIFO (fly-in-fly-out) positions are common
Jobs often require post-school qualifications (eg Certificate III or Bachelors degree)
If you’re thinking about a career in mining, here are some things to consider:
Do your research – find out what type of work is involved and if it’s the right fit for you. Mining jobs often involve long hours in hot or confined spaces in remote locations. If you're applying in oil & gas, the roles may even be located offshore on rigs. Make sure you're aware of the conditions and physical requirements before applying for a mining job
Check the entry requirements – each role has different entry requirements, so it’s important to make sure you have the necessary skills and qualifications. For example, many roles will require you to have a driver’s licence and be able to pass a medical exam.
Consider your lifestyle – mining jobs can often be located in remote areas, which can mean long hours away from home. If you’re considering a role in mining, it’s important to think about whether this lifestyle is right for you.
Make sure you have the right visa – if you’re not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you will need to apply for a work visa.
Once you've decided that you're interested in working in the mines, start looking for entry level positions to get your foot in the door. You can search job sites such as Indeed and Seek, and research mining recruitment companies in Australia. If you’re wondering how to get into the mines; check out Mining People's guide on how to get a start in the mining industry.
Which mining sectors have the most jobs?
According the latest Australian government labour market insights, the largest employers by sector are:
Metal Ore Mining (over 130,000)
Other Mining Support Services (62,000)
Coal Mining (44,800)
Oil & Gas Extraction (21,900)
Construction Material Mining (5,400)
Non-Metallic Mineral Mining & Quarrying (4,900)
Metal ore mining is by far the largest sector, with most jobs located in Western Australia. The mining and resources industry employs many skilled workers across the country, and while a large number of them require experience in the mines, there are entry level mining jobs available.
Mining Jobs in Demand
There are many jobs in demand in the mining sector. Here are just a few:
Drilling and Mining Jobs
Metal Fitters &
Mining Engineering Jobs
Production Manager Jobs
Truck driving Jobs
Earth Scientist (Geologist etc) Jobs
Structural Steel & Welding Trades Worker Jobs
Be realistic in your job search and make sure you meet the requirements of a position before applying. Ensure your resume is up to date, listing any experience and qualifications or licences you possess. This will give you the best chance to reach the interview stage.
How much do miners get paid? FIFO roles are generally very well compensated. The exact pay and salary in Australia will depend on the job requirements and the level of qualification needed, as well as how in demand the job is.
Miners can work in a cramped, hot work environment and when on-site will put in long hours on shift. Jobs in the mining industry in Australia can require workers to work on shifts over 12 hours long, which will result in higher earnings.
Where to look for mining jobs
Looking for a job in the mines? There are two main ways you can find open positions in the mining sector.
Online job boards: websites like Seek and Indeed list hundreds of mining jobs each week.
Recruitment agencies that specialise in mining: these agencies will have good relationships with major employers and often have access to jobs that aren’t advertised publicly. At TRS, we regularly advertise mining jobs in Western Australia and our experienced Recruitment Consultants have placed hundreds of candidates in their perfect role.
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