Profession mine geologist

Mine geologists locate, identify, quantify and classify mineral resources and their geological characteristics and structure. They provide advice to mine managers and engineers at existing and prospective mineral operations.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Geology

    Solid earth, rock types, structures and the processes by which they are altered.

  • Chemistry

    The composition, structure, and properties of substances and the processes and transformations that they undergo; the uses of different chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, risk factors, and disposal methods.


  • Deal with pressure from unexpected circumstances

    Strive to achieve objectives despite the pressures arising from unexpected factors outside of your control.

  • Supervise staff

    Oversee the selection, training, performance and motivation of staff.

  • Provide information on geological characteristics

    Provide information on geological structures, host rock quality, groundwater implications and details on the mineralogical and textural composition of ores to enable mining and processing to be planned efficiently. The geological model is used to design the mine workings for minimum dilution and maximum ore extraction.

  • Advise on geology for mineral extraction

    Provide advice of the impact of geological factors on the development of mineral production. Take into account factors such as cost, safety, and characteristics of deposits.

  • Determine characteristics of mineral deposits

    Prepare and conduct geological mapping, logging, sampling and assay of drill core and other subsurface rock samples. Analyse results in plans and sections, with particular emphasis on geostatics and sampling theory. Examine in 3D the maps, deposits, drilling locations or mines to determine the location, size, accessibility, contents, value and potential profitability of mineral deposits.

  • Prepare technical reports

    Prepare technical reports that describe results and processes of scientific or technical research, or assess its progress. These reports help researchers to keep up to date with recent findings.

  • Communicate on the environmental impact of mining

    Prepare talks, lectures, consultations with stakeholders and public hearings on environmental issues related to mining.

  • Communicate on minerals issues

    Communicate on minerals issues with contractors, politicians and public officials.

  • Address problems critically

    Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various abstract, rational concepts, such as issues, opinions, and approaches related to a specific problematic situation in order to formulate solutions and alternative methods of tackling the situation.

  • Advise on mining environmental issues

    Collaborate with engineers, surveyors, geotechnical staff and metallurgists, involved in environmental protection and land rehabilitation after mining activities.

  • Use mine planning software

    Use specialised software to plan, design and model for mining operations.

  • Plan mine operations

    Provide advice during site location; plan surface mining and underground mining activities; implement safe and non-polluting extraction of ores, minerals and other materials.

Optional knowledge and skills

advise on mine equipment advise on mine production dimension stone develop site remediation strategies monitor mine production assess operating cost maintain records of mining operations negotiate land access advise on mine development logging