Reader Request: Hiring in the Mining Sector

A reader asked for updated hiring demand and talent supply information on the mining industry, specifically in potash mining. Throughout the mining sector, we found the number of job ads posted online to be growing. 2013 saw a significant increase in hiring activity for mining jobs, reaching a 4-year high in July. Demand in November 2013 was 39% higher than a year ago.

Within mining, support activities for oil and gas operations and crude petroleum and natural gas extraction had the most demand in November. Support activities for oil and gas operations also experienced the highest increase of the industries listed below. Potash, soda, and borate mineral mining appeared 12th on the list of mining industries with the highest number of job ads, increasing 32% year-over-year. Potash accounted for .5% of mining demand, while support activities for oil and gas operations represented almost half, with 48% of demand.

Industries with the Most Demand in the Mining Sector

Industries Volume Y-O-Y % Growth
Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations 7224 83.60%
Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction 4762 33.80%
Drilling Oil and Gas Wells 681 83.10%
Natural Gas Liquid Extraction 412 25.20%
Support Activities for Metal Mining 334 80.50%
Copper Ore and Nickel Ore Mining 283 -61.10%
Gold Ore Mining 253 5.90%
Crushed and Broken Limestone Mining and Quarrying 212 -48.50%
Bituminous Coal and Lignite Surface Mining 177 65.40%
Construction Sand and Gravel Mining 176 -15.00%
Support Activities for Coal Mining 150 -13.30%
Potash, Soda, and Borate Mineral Mining 77 32.80%
Other Chemical and Fertilizer Mineral Mining 58 28.90%
Industrial Sand Mining 46 -39.5%
Uranium Radium Vanadium Ore Mining 40 -77.1%
Throughout all mining jobs, Petroleum Engineers were most in-demand. First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers, and Industrial Engineers were also commonly required by employers. Industrial Engineers led demand in potash, soda, and borate mineral mining. Below are the most advertised mining jobs.

Most Commonly Advertised Mining Jobs

  1. Petroleum Engineers
  2. First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
  3. Industrial Engineers
  4. Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
  5. Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
  6. Software Developers, Applications
  7. Management Analysts
  8. Accountants
  9. Electronics Engineering Technicians
  10. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
Of the jobs listed above, Industrial Engineers are likely to be the hardest-to-recruit, scoring an 81 on our Hiring Scale (out of a possible 99, with 99 demonstrating hardest-to-fill.) Service Unit Operators (Oil, Gas, Mining) scored the lowest, with a 15, meaning this job is likely to be less difficult-to-recruit. Jobs in the mining sector were frequently advertised for positions in Houston, Oklahoma, and Dallas. Potash mining jobs appeared most often in Ogden (UT) and Kansas City (KS).

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