Mining is a small but important industry in Australia. It covers the exploration and extraction of minerals, oil and gas.
Jobs are mainly in Queensland and Western Australia and are in regional areas like Gladstone and the Pilbara, but can also be in very remote locations. To work in Mining you generally need to study after high school, with VET a good option. Some jobs vital to the Mining industry, like Mining Engineer or Geologist, need a university degree.
The mining industry can be very difficult to get into, especially if you have no previous experience or qualifications. You need to be persistent and have patience, when applying for mining jobs.
According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook website, there are 23 different job profiles in the mining industry.
These jobs very from Chemical and Material Engineers to Electricians, Geologists, and Earthmoving Operators (and so on and so forth). To get the details on each job profile, check out this link https://joboutlook.gov.au/industries/industry-profiles?industryCode=B
Additionally, the mining industry in Australia is becoming increasingly gender neutral. It’s not just cooking and cleaning jobs either on offer for women either; more and more women are working on Australian mining sites, and in some cases, companies even prefer women for certain jobs. For example, a popular job for women on mining sites is driving a dump truck because research has shown that women are easier on the multi-million dollar equipment yet still get the job done.