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The resources sector offers a diverse number of careers throughout the lifecycle of a project. These careers are located across Australia, in both regional and metropolitan areas in all states and territories.

Occupations require different qualifications and skill levels, and many are transferable across industries, allowing for career flexibility. While traditional resources occupations are still in demand, a number of new skill sets are also increasing in demand. 

 

The resources sector supports 1,100,00 jobs. 261800 people are directly employed by resources businesses. 3000,00 people are directly employed by mining equipment, technology and services businesses. 20,000+ jobs were gained across the sector during COVID

Career opportunities throughout the resources project lifecycle 

The following are the projected job growth rates to 2019. 

Exploration

Example careers: 

  • Geologist 
  • Mining engineer
  • Finance 
  • Hydrologist 
  • Business manger 
  • Environmental scientist 

Career details: 

  • Geologists, geophysicist, hydrologists
    • Weekly wage: $2192
    • Skill: very highly skilled 
    • Projected growth: moderate 
    • Number of employees: 6300 
  • Mining engineer
    • Weekly wage: $3118
    • Skill: very high
    • Projected growth: strong
    • Number of employees: 7800

Construction and commissioning 

Example careers: 

  • Surveyor project manager 
  • Carpenter 
  • Electricians 
  • Builder 
  • Excavations
  • Welders

Career details: 

  • Structural and welding trades workers 
    • Weekly wage: $1541
    • Skill: medium 
    • Projected growth: moderate
    • Number of employees: 7800 
  • Metal fitters and machinists 
    • Weekly wage: $2062
    • Skill: medium 
    • Projected growth: moderate
    • Number of employees: 22,700

Operations and maintenance

Example careers: 

  • Drillers
  • Shot firers
  • Logistics 
  • Procurement 
  • Data scientist 
  • Mining engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Software engineer 

Career details: 

  • Drillers, miners, shot firers
    • Weekly wage: $2500 
    • Skill: lower
    • Projected growth: strong 
    • Number of employees: 50,200 
  • Mechanical engineer
    • Weekly wage: $2414
    • Skill: very high 
    • Projected growth: stable 
    • Number of employees: 800
  • Production manager 
    • Weekly wage: $2258
    • Skill: very high 
    • Projected growth: stable
    • Number of employees: 8400
  • Chemical and material engineer 
    • Weekly wage: $3019
    • Skill: very high
    • Projected growth: moderate
    • Number of employees: 800

Decommissioning 

Example careers:

  • Computer scientist 
  • Project managers 
  • Electricians 
  • Mechanics 

Career details: 

  • Earthmoving plant operator 
    • Weekly wage: $1491
    • Skill: lower 
    • Projected growth: moderate
    • Number of employees: 6100
  • Electricians 
    • Weekly wage: $1823
    • Skill: medium 
    • Projected growth: moderate 
    • Number of employees: 9800 

Rehabilitation 

Example careers: 

  • Earth scientist
  • Water specialist 
  • Environmental engineer
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Planning officer

Career details: 

  • Environmental engineer
    • Weekly wage: $2155
    • Skill: very high 
    • Projected growth: very strong 
    • Number of employees: 400 
  • Earth and science technicians 
    • Weekly wage: $1500
    • Skill: high 
    • Projected growth: stable 
    • Number of employees: 1100