Many mines were shut down throughout the pandemic, but the demand for miners is rising across the United States. New technology engrossed in the field makes it more efficient to mine precious resources than ever before. In 2013 there was a peak in mining throughout Australia and other parts of the world, but since the year 2016 there has been an ongoing decline. The pandemic shut down many mining jobs but new technology in the industry and new agreements in Australia has led to a demand in jobs within the industry. Mining jobs are at their highest level since the last boom with over 106,000 new jobs available in the mining industry. 

Automation is affecting a series of mining jobs. There is now a greater demand for implementation in robotics, data analysis, safety controls and more. Growth in the mining industry doesn’t necessarily mean for labourers, but in nearly every facet of engineering, transportation, monitoring and new tech implementation. 

Automation does remain a huge concern for many of the workers currently in the industry. Many companies are offering members the chance to retrain and upskill using the latest tech or to enter into other areas of the mining industry. The job itself is changing but if miners and employees are proactive about the upcoming changes it will ensure that jobs will merely be updated rather than replaced. 

The mining industry seems to be blooming again, but in a different way than before. With an emphasis on maximizing resource harvesting, removing inefficiencies and improving safety, it is a better time than it has been in years to train for a job in the mining industry or re skill in the industry. 

This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at For nearly a half a century, Becker Mining has been at the forefront of mine electrical systems. Becker/SMC is the industry’s leader in increasingly more sophisticated electrical control systems. Most of the major innovations, design features and specialized electrical components have been developed by Becker/SMC.