Miners operate plants to excavate, load and transport coal, ore and rock in an underground or open-cut mine.

Specialisations: Bogger Operator, Coal Cutter, Dragline Operator, Opal Miner, Underground Truck Operator.

You can work as a Miner without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in small mining operations, underground metalliferous mining, underground coal operations or surface extraction operations might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Operates surface and underground mining plant.
  • Undertakes development work such as opening up new shafts, drives, air vents, rises and crib rooms: loads coal, ore or stone onto carts or conveyor systems that remove it for processing.

More about Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers

All Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers

  • $2,500 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Miners

  • 32,300 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 95% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 60 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 8% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Miners (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 37,200 in 2011 to 32,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Miners work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Mining; Manufacturing; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (95%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 60 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 8% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Mining89.8
Manufacturing2.8
Construction2.0
Administrative and Support Services1.6
Other Industries3.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMinersAll Jobs Average
NSW26.731.6
VIC3.425.6
QLD33.920.0
SA4.27.0
WA29.110.8
TAS1.62.0
NT1.11.0
ACT0.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMinersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.05.0
20-243.5-9.39.3
25-3426.1-22.922.9
35-4428.9-22.022.0
45-5426.2-21.621.6
55-599.2-9.09.0
60-644.2-6.06.0
65 and Over1.5-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMinersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV36.8-21.121.1
Year 1218.7-18.118.1
Year 117.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below29.5-12.512.5

You can work as a Miner without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training). A course in small mining operations, underground metalliferous mining, underground coal operations or surface extraction operations might be helpful.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Employers look for Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers who are reliable, committed to the job and have a good work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    56% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Transportation

    33% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  3. Law and Government

    32% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  4. Public Safety and Security

    32% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  5. Engineering and Technology

    31% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-5042.00 - Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Exposed to Contaminants

    100% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  2. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

    100% Important

    How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?

  3. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    100% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  4. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    99% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  5. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    97% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-5042.00 - Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators.

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