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4 mining jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago

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  • October 13, 2017 | 1:50 am
  • Mining Employment

We’ve scoured the web to find roles that exist now, that didn’t 10 years ago.

The internet, social media, robotics and automation have led to the creation of jobs, the purposes of which are still misunderstood by many.

When social media came into existence in the late 1990s, few could have predicted the rise in job opportunities created. Initially aimed at connecting people, the platforms are now used for promoting businesses and events, resolving issues with companies, advertising goods and services, through to being used to advise residents of abductions and natural disasters.

Before we get to the mining jobs created in the past 10 years, let’s have a quick look at how social media has changed work over the past decade — just to remind ourselves how far we’ve come.

Here are a few roles created by the invention of social media

Online Marketer

Online marketers provide digital marketing for companies to ensure their products and services are easily found. This can include providing content, blogs and newsletters, through to working with more complex ideas like search engine optimisation and dealing with social media. This is a reality even in mining.

Social Media Manager

These people manage the social media pages of a company, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. They develop content and posts and manage all content posted.

Social Media Influencer

It’s hard to believe this is a job, but it is. A social media “influencer” can be anyone from a celebrity to a mum who blogs. They generally have a niche market and a large number of followers and can increase brand awareness to their social audience.

App Developer

These people develop anything from a single app for an individual company through to creating a suite of apps for travel companies. App development is a role that is in strong demand as people rely more on their smartphones for continual connection.


The rise of the shared economy

Services like Uber, Deliveroo, and Airbnb are impacting how we get around, get food and go on holiday. They’ve also given individuals the opportunity to work for themselves (in a sense). While some of these businesses are still gathering pace in Australia, in other parts of the world, they’ve expanded to include long-distance, even cross-country, rideshares.

So, how has technology changed mining jobs?

Mining has been as affected by changes in technology as any other industry. Here are five jobs that exist in mining now that didn’t exist a decade or so ago. Could one of these be your next job?

Data Analysts

Like most companies, mining companies collect data constantly. From grades in open pits to fuel consumption in a haul truck, these numbers are collated, stored and then analysed to predict future performance of the operation.

Drone Operators

Drones are now used in mining to inspect pits, waste dumps and pipelines, through to surveying large areas for mineral exploration and environmental monitoring.

Sustainability Managers

Sustainability managers are employed to ensure a company works towards finding innovative and lower-cost ways to achieve and exceed environmental legislative and corporate requirements. This can include everything from reviewing consumables, through to investigating and implementing alternate energy sources.

Alternate Energy Managers, Technicians and Operators

With the modern requirement to be more environmentally-friendly, many companies have constructed wind and solar farms. This has created new departments in mines, as power sources have moved beyond diesel generators. Someone has to manage and maintain this new technology and infrastructure.

These mining jobs aren’t science fiction, they’re actually here now. BHP has a recruitment campaign underway globally for Technology Specialists. A decade ago, all these jobs were either new or still unheard of.

What about the future?

While it is easy to reflect on the past 10 years in the mining and resources industry, imagining what the future of mining will look like is not so easy.

Mobile equipment will likely all be driverless within 10 years at large operations. Robots will be doing a lot of the repetitive and mundane tasks. Sensors, in-situ-analysers and probes will be monitoring process plants against operational parameters.

Operators and maintenance personnel will likely be replaced with individuals qualified in mechanics and electronics.

What will your future mining job look like?

If you’re interested in future workplaces, check out this article on 162 future jobs.