Despite a projected decline in employment, very good employment opportunities are expected in this small occupation. A significant number of mining engineers currently employed are approaching retirement age, which should create some job openings over the 2002-12 period. In addition, relatively few schools offer mining engineering programs, and the small number of graduates is not expected to increase.
Favorable job opportunities also may be available worldwide as mining operations around the world recruit graduates of U.S. mining engineering programs. As a result, some graduates should expect to travel frequently, or even live abroad.
Employment of mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers, is projected to decline through 2012. Most of the industries in which mining engineers are concentrated—such as coal, metal, and copper mining—are expected to experience declines in employment.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
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