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Mining Engineering

253 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
99 Master's Degrees Annually
#244 in Popularity
$113,680 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Mining Engineering Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many mining engineering graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 253
Master’s Degree 99
Graduate Certificate 52
Doctor’s Degree 20
Undergraduate Certificate 6
Basic Certificate 3
Associate’s Degree 1

What Mining Engineering Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to mining engineering and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Mining Engineering Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Mining Engineering Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to mining engineering:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Mining Engineering Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a mining engineering student include the following:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Mining Engineering Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with mining engineering:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5% $140,760
Engineering Professors 14.7% $101,720
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers 8.2% $92,250

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering?

253 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
14% Percent Women
11% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 253 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering in 2018, making it rank #244 in popularity. This major tends to be male dominated. About 86% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of mining engineering majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Mining Engineering Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 21
White 178
International Students 42
Other Races/Ethnicities 7

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Mining Engineering. About 16.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Canada
  • Iran
  • Angola

How Much Do Mining Engineering Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of mining engineering students with a bachelor’s degree is $67,950 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $66,425 (25th percentile) and $69,625 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a mining engineering degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Mining Engineering majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $98,420 to $148,970 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with mining engineering require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for mining engineering careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Some College Courses 0.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 1.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 51.3%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 9.4%
Master’s Degree 19.0%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 3.6%
Doctoral Degree 12.0%
Post-Doctoral Training 3.6%

Online Mining Engineering Programs

In 2017-2018, 20 schools offered a mining engineering program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 1 0
Bachelor’s Degree 4 4
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 16 2
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 7 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Mining Engineering Worth It?

The median salary for a mining engineering grad is $113,680 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 185% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,475,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to mining engineering.

Major Number of Grads
Mechanical Engineering 46,014
Electrical Engineering 31,993
Civil Engineering 21,299
Computer Engineering 15,329
Chemical Engineering 14,729
Biomedical Engineering 11,483
General Engineering 11,245
Industrial Engineering 9,714
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 6,315
Materials Engineering 3,555
Systems Engineering 3,439
Other Engineering 2,900
Petroleum Engineering 2,818
Environmental Engineering 2,746
Operations Research 1,555
Agricultural Engineering 1,546
Engineering Science 1,509
Nuclear Engineering 1,050
Engineering Physics 1,028
Manufacturing Engineering 920
Architectural Engineering 874
Construction Engineering 870
Robotics Engineering 755
Geoscience Engineering 510
Marine Engineering 506
Biological Engineering 400
Textile Engineering 359
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 348
Engineering Mechanics 329
Ocean Engineering 305
Metallurgical Engineering 218
Biochemical Engineering 124
Ceramic Engineering 111
Electromechanical Engineering 84
Surveying Engineering 73
Paper Science & Engineering 51
Forest Engineering 39
Engineering Chemistry 5

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