No matter what your educational background, now is the time to start your career in the mining industry, says the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR).
Melanie Sturk, Director, Attraction, Retention, and Transition; and Pascale Larouche, Project Manager, Recruitment and Retention at MiHR work to make people more aware of the career opportunities available in mining, help the mining industry understand the current human resources challenges facing the industry and find solutions to those challenges.
Larouche says the mining industry is the second highest paying industry, next to petroleum, and has one of the best safety ratings of any industrial sector in Canada.
Mining is also one of the most technologically advanced industries in the world; it uses state-of-the-art machinery and robotics to explore and extract mineral deposits.
Sturk says that, no matter what your educational background, the next three to 10 years is the time to get into the mining industry as employers will be seeking not only engineers and geologists, but also people in finance, commerce, human resources, informational technology and other fields to help mining companies and related organizations operate.