Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers (17-2151)

Occupation description:  Conduct sub-surface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land or mining development sites. May specify the ground support systems, processes and equipment for safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction or underground construction activities. May inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment, and working conditions. May design, implement, and coordinate mine safety programs. Excludes Petroleum Engineers (17-2171).

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 185194 4.91 56
United States 8,3008,800 6.450 220270

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 49.5226.6833.96 45.0661.2677.17
Alaska 56.2137.4944.93 54.5566.0576.12
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 62.6741.5246.68 57.3271.2580.58
Fairbanks North Star Borough 60.0642.2253.05 64.4672.3777.11
Balance of State 51.1636.6243.35 50.7660.2470.01

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
24583 33.939.8 29.5
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation22
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation14
UI claimants previously working in occupation12
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 73
Number of job position postings 17
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.3

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
Alaska Teamster-Employer Service Training Trust   (Anchorage)
Mining Safety and Health Administration

 Degree
Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
Mining Safety and Health

 Degree
Delta Mine Training Center   (Delta Junction)
Health, Safety, and Environmental
Underground Mine Training

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Earthquake Engineering Lic
Geographic Information Systems CT1

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Geological Engineering Bac
Geological Engineering Mas
Mining Engineering Bac
Mining Engineering Mas

 Degree
University of Alaska, Mining and Petroleum Training Service   (Soldotna)
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Surface New Miner
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Surface Refresher
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Underground New Miner
Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 Underground Refresher

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Drafting with AutoCAD

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Engineer Shortage: Myth vs. Reality (November 1983)