Coal mining employment over the past 2 years was the highest it has been in 15 years, according to a report by the Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The growth in coal mining employment is attributed to increasing exports and decreased productivity; increasing usage of underground mining requires more workers per unit of production. A 4-year high in coal mining hiring demand was reached in August 2011 with about 230 job ads posted online. In March, computer and mathematical occupations had the highest demand followed by architecture and engineering occupations. When comparing March 2013 to March 2012 the number of jobs advertised in the coal mining industry declined 2%, despite overall employment growth.
Job Ad Volume by Most In-Demand Coal Mining Occupations
The most advertised job titles include:
- Senior Accountant
- Customer Service
- Mining Engineer
- Certified Underground Electrician
- Administrative Assistant
- Section Foreman
- Production Foreman
Farmington (NM) and Pittsburgh (PA) currently have the greatest demand for coal mining jobs. These metro areas are home to BHP Billiton and CONSOL Energy. Recruiting conditions in Pittsburgh are likely to be more difficult than the national average. Pittsburgh scores a 43 on our Hiring Scale while the national average is 33. Our Hiring Scale ranks difficulty from 1 – 99, with 99 representing the hardest-to-fill. Farmington is likely to have more favorable recruiting conditions scoring a 24.
Hiring Scale for Coal Mining in Pittsburgh, PA
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