Mining, resources and energy

Dig up a career in the industry that researches, studies, extracts and transforms natural resources into energy sources and the materials needed for manufacturing.

The mining, resources and energy industry is vital to the daily life and advancement of society. Unfortunately the industry is dependent on the type of available resources found in particular regions and heavily affected by the global economy.

Careers involved in the mining, resources and energy industry are many and include scientists, engineers, geologists, surveyors, drillers, information and communications technology professionals, power plant operators and management teams to name a few. Careers may involve researching and testing land areas for resources and minerals or experimenting with new energy sources. They may work surveying new land areas, in factories or laboratories, or on site of extraction sites as drillers and miners operating drilling rigs and mining sites and equipment to help extract minerals from the ground.

Individuals seeking a career in the energy and resources field should seek science or engineering backgrounds in mineral processing engineering, mining engineering, geophysics and chemical or petroleum engineering. Although careers in the field are dependent on the demand for particular resources, career prospects in the field are strong, as economies are heavily dependent on resources for energy. As more and more companies begin to research and develop renewable energy or green energy sources, the field has potential for growth and innovation. Professionals in the mining, resources and energy industries may need to work various hours and locations depending on their role. If they are involved with extracting resources they may be required to travel to resource-rich locations for significant periods of time.

Related degrees

Related subjects

Professional associations and industry bodies

Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 

Australian Drilling Industry Association Ltd 

Department of Sustainability and Environment (VIC)

Engineers Australia 

Minerals Council of Australia 

NSW Minerals Council 

Queensland Resources Council 

Tasmanian Minerals Council 

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia Inc

The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy Inc

Skills and personality

  • Ability to plan and coordinate people, equipment, services and activities
  • Adherence to safety standards and procedures while mining, drilling or extracting
  • Effective planning and organisational skills to manage operations from beginning stages to completion
  • Effectively use a variety of large-scale machinery and handle potentially hazardous materials
  • Enjoy working on-site locations of extraction and hands-on with materials
  • High attention to detail including accuracy and precision of work
  • Highly innovative to research, study and develop new energy sources and extraction methods
  • Problem solving abilities effectively procuring resources and transporting them to designated locations
  • Specialised knowledge of resources and extraction methods
  • Strong analytical skills to understand and evaluate operations and safety measures