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Mining Engineers

Outlook

Employment for mining engineers is expected to grow by about 3 percent, slower than the average for all careers, through 2028. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment in mining engineers will depend on the demand for coal, metals, and minerals. The DOL states that while these resources will continue to be used in a variety of products, from construction materials and cars to cell phones and computers, companies will look for ways to reduce costs by contracting engineering service firms instead of directly hiring mining engineers. Job opportunities will arise, however, from the need to replace mining engineers retiring from the field. Since few students major in mining engineering, these vacant positions may not be completely filled by new graduates. Additionally, U.S. mining engineers are increasingly sought after to work on projects in foreign countries. Mining engineers who are willing to work in foreign countries will have strong employment prospects.

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