There must be an infinite number of ways of classifying jobs in the mining industry. Here is an over view of some of them.

CareerMine’s system involves these categories:

  • Level 1 Categories: Region, Country, Industry Focus, Language.
  • Level 2 Categories (for Industry Focus): Geology & Geosciences; Environmental Sciences; Engineering; Mill & Metallurgy; Mining Production’ Management and Administration; Technicians; Mechanical; Trade & Skill.

From this stems a profusion of categories that are a reflection more of history than reality. The JOB BOARD includes these additional categories: Academic Research; Computers; Executive; Auxiliary & Support; Safety.

By the time you get to JOBS IN MINING the categories are: Entry level; skilled; apprenticeship; technical; semi-professional; professional; serving the mining industry. I wrote something that includes these categories: Jobs for Youth; New Entrants; Resource Personnel; Women; Prospecting; Surveyors; and Regulators.

The Department of Educations, Culture and Employment of the Northwest Territories et al. put out a neat little e-book called JOBS IN MINING. They have another system for classifying jobs in mining and, more important, describing what is involved in each. Take a look, it is fun.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has a comprehensive job classification system that touches on mining. The easiest way to navigate the labyrinth is via their job matrix. Here are some of the underground mining jobs they describe: blaster; drift miner; driller; faceman/woman; hoist operator; mucking machine operator; raise miner; roadhead operator; shaft inspector; shot firer. There are many more. . Mining for the Future reports that the Canadian Mining Industry Human Resources Council is developing new national occupational standards for underground mine workers, surface mine workers, and mineral processing workers.

There is no consistency. Here are links to other sites where you will find other mining job classifications systems:

I suppose I does not matter what they call you or how they classify your job. All that counts is how much they pay you. So focus on salary and forget the verbal frivolities and excess.