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Mining Engineering Major

Mining engineering is a major that typically falls into the Engineering category.

There are 1 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in mining engineering, 16 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 16 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 7 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Mining Engineering Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 300 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering in 2017. This major attracts more men than women. About 85.8% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 0.8%
  • Black or African American: 1.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 8.3%
  • White: 70.4%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 16.6%
  • Other Races: 2.8%
Mining Engineering Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in mining engineering. About 16.6% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending mining engineering majors to the U.S. are China, India and Canada.

What Will You Learn as a Mining Engineering Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to mining engineering to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Mining Engineering Majors

A major in mining engineering should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

Important Knowledge Areas for Mining Engineering Majors

Skills for Mining Engineering Majors

Mining engineering majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

Important Skills for Mining Engineering Majors

Abilities for Mining Engineering Majors

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

Important Abilities for mining engineering Majors

What Can You Do With a Mining Engineering Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with mining engineering:

Careers Related to Mining Engineering
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers



Architectural and Engineering Managers



Engineering Professors



Mining Engineering Major Salary

Average salaries range from $98,000 to $149,000 for careers related to mining engineering. 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, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Mining Engineering Major  ( 98000 to 149000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Mining Engineering Major Jobs

Some careers associated with mining engineering require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to mining engineering have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Mining Engineering
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Mining Engineering Programs

There are 16 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is a Mining Engineering Major Worth It?

The median salary for a mining engineering grad is $114,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 192% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,495,600 after 20 years!

mining engineering salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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