How To Find Jobs in a Coal Mine

If you thought that coal mine jobs were a thing of the past in these modern times, then you thought wrong. However, working conditions, safety standards and equipment used have definitely improved compared to the first half of the twentieth century. The same is also true of the kinds of jobs available in a coal mine. Listed here is some useful information on how to find jobs in a coal mine.

Training & Education. At the basic entry level, there is no formal or prescribed education to become a coal miner. Most of the training is on-the-job. However, as you go up in the hierarchy, technical education and training becomes necessary. The kind of training and educational qualifications required will depend on the exact designation. Specialist jobs such as geologists, mining engineers, etc, require at the minimum a bachelor’s degree in geology, mining or other related segments. For roles pertaining to sales and marketing, human resources, finance and accounting, etc, regular qualifications such as a degree, accreditation or certification apply. A higher level of qualifications, such as a master degree will increase one’s chances of securing employment in these positions. All positions, from the entry-level and upward, require some training and certification on matters such as Health & Safety, hazardous working standards, etc.

Salary expectations. Non-management cadres are usually paid an hourly wage, depending on the work experience. The current average wage is around $21, a novice’s wages are $10-$20, with up to 5 years experience, the wage level is $18-$25 and for workers with more than 10 years of experience, the hourly wage rate is $20-$28.

Entry-level salaries for designations such as safety and project engineers and above are around $40,000-$45,000; for work experience up to 5 years, it is $45,000-$65,000 and for 10 years and upward, salaries range between $60,000 and $120,000. A mining engineer can start at $60,000 and can earn up to $100,000 with experience of 10 years and more. A geologist can expect to earn between $40,000 and $90,000.

Mining jobs. Some of the common coal mining jobs are: pit workers, cutting and channeling machine operators, drillers, safety engineers, project engineers, mining engineers, mine inspectors, surveyors, geologists, health & safety coordinators, and mining consultants who work independently or are on the mine company’s payroll.

Finding jobs. Here are some of the methods by which you can find jobs in a coal mine:

  • Apply directly to mining companies
  • Job classifieds in local newspapers
  • Mining recruitment agencies
  • Online recruitment portals such as,, etc.

The information listed in this article provides you with a basic foundation on how to find jobs in a coal mine. A word to the wise though, currently coal mining is not exactly a ‘hot’ career option, given the current economic situation, depleting coal resources and the demand to use clean and sustainable sources of energy, such as wind and solar power. Also, it is one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet, not to mention the ‘dirtiest’ one.


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