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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 178193 8.43 1015
United States 7,3007,900 8.2100 400560

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 46.6325.0832.81 43.8358.1272.71
Alaska 54.4533.3041.72 52.9964.2377.42
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 58.7928.1739.34 50.2463.54*
Balance of State 54.4536.1943.75 55.1165.5876.04

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
25886 33.334.6 25.4
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation32
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation24
UI claimants previously working in occupation20
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 84
Number of job position postings 16
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 5.2

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

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)

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

Center for Employment Education   (Anchorage)
Mining Safety and Health

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

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Earthquake Engineering GCRT

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Geological Engineering BS
Geological Engineering MS
Mineral Preparation Engineer MS
Mining Engineering BS
Mining Engineering MS

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

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Drafting with AutoCAD

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Engineer Shortage: Myth vs. Reality (November 1983)