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Explosives, Ordnance, and Blasting Workers

Job Information

Place and detonate explosives to demolish structures or to loosen, remove, or displace earth, rock, or other materials. May perform specialized handling, storage, and accounting procedures. Includes seismograph shooters.


  • 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 $45,370/yr ($22.69/hr)
Job Outlook Below Average
Education High School diploma