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Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas

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Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.


  • Employment is projected to decline in all sectors except coal mining.
  • While many mining jobs can be entered directly from high school, a considerable amount of job training and experience is needed before workers can perform most duties; some employers prefer graduates of high school or postsecondary programs in mining or mine technology.
  • Earnings are higher than the average for all industries.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $40,200/yr ($20.10/hr)
Job Outlook Below Average
Education High School diploma