If you’re interested in the extraction and processing of minerals, you couldn’t be in a better place. Australia ranks among the top five mineral producers in the world and, having contributed over $125 billion to the Australian economy in the last 10 years, the mining sector has offered widespread employment.read more
Mining is a technologically-focused undertaking and the local industry has been in a position to innovate, offering world’s-best technology to its geoscientists and metallurgical engineers. In fact, 60 per cent of the world’s mines operate with Australian-made and designed software.
Employment figures go up and down according to the market, but there’s no disputing that mining is a major contributor to Australia’s economy. Despite hitting its peak of growth in recent years, mining is still a highly skilled profession and we’re now at a stage where the sector is looking harder for workers with qualifications and experience.
Whether you’re interested in geology, engineering or machinery, it’s a hands-on industry with many opportunities to multiskill and progress through positions at large companies. A qualification in mineral processing, metallurgy and earth sciences will set you on track to take advantage of these possibilities.
Simon Winfield, senior regional director of Hays Resources and Mining, has noted the shift within the industry as workers gain greater skills and experience: ‘The movement of candidates onto the jobs market to explore their options and change employers is fuelling an active jobs market’. All the more reason to get your professional experience accredited.
A job in mining can take you far and wide – and of course deep into the heart of our earth. Whether you’re looking to relocate to an awe-inspiring corner of our country, or you like the tempo of a fly-in/fly-out arrangement, there’s certainly much to explore for the adventurous professional.
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Open Universities Australia (University)
The Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy online course by Murdoch University is ideal for science graduates wanting to gain entry to the mining and resources industry.
Upon completion of this course, you will have a recognised qualification in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy that could lead to work as a metallurgist on mine sites in metal recovery and concentration operations, in metal refineries, smelters, foundries, or in research and technology development.
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