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Explore career paths in mining, oil and gas

Fossil fuels may be finite, but innovative technologies and a global marketplace are ensuring opportunities remain open for the long haul.

Introduction to careers in mining, oil and gas

The Australian mining, energy, oil and gas sector provides these services to the market, along with natural gas, uranium, nuclear and renewable energies.

Providing essential materials and services to society, this sector expands in symbiosis with population expansions. And now it is changing its shape too, due to the finite nature of fossil fuels and a response to the global imperative to develop renewable energy sources.

Mining, energy, oil and gas industry overview
Mining, energy, oil and gas industry overview
Fossil fuels may be finite, but innovative technologies and a global marketplace are ensuring opportunities remain open …
A graduate’s guide to FIFO life in the mining sector
A graduate’s guide to FIFO life in the mining sector
Here are some things you should know about if you’re considering a graduate job or internship in mining that requires yo…
How dangerous are careers in the mining sector?
How dangerous are careers in the mining sector?
Mining is an inherently risky occupation. As such, it’s natural to wonder how dangerous your own career in mining might …
Mining, energy, oil and gas industry overview
Mining, energy, oil and gas industry overview
Fossil fuels may be finite, but innovative technologies and a global marketplace are ensuring opportunities remain open …
A graduate’s guide to FIFO life in the mining sector
A graduate’s guide to FIFO life in the mining sector
Here are some things you should know about if you’re considering a graduate job or internship in mining that requires yo…
How dangerous are careers in the mining sector?
How dangerous are careers in the mining sector?
Mining is an inherently risky occupation. As such, it’s natural to wonder how dangerous your own career in mining might …

Career stories

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Mining, oil and gas career stories


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Mirabelle Molukun

Mirabelle Molukun studied ​a Bachelor of Mining Engineering at the University of Western Australia in 2015 and is now a Graduate Mining Engineer at South32.
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Mirabelle Molukun

Mirabelle Molukun studied ​a Bachelor of Mining Engineering at the University of Western Australia in 2015 and is now a Graduate Mining Engineer at South32.
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Luke Gillogley

Luke Gillogley graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Queensland in 2017, and is now a Graduate Mechanical Engineer at BHP.
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Luke Gillogley

Luke Gillogley graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Queensland in 2017, and is now a Graduate Mechanical Engineer at BHP.
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Clarice Goh

Clarice Goh graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) and Business Management (Business Economics) at The University of Queensland in 2017 and is now working as a Graduate Process Engineer at Worley.
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Clarice Goh

Clarice Goh graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) and Business Management (Business Economics) at The University of Queensland in 2017 and is now working as a Graduate Process Engineer at Worley.
South32_Day in the life_ Mirabelle Molukun_350x350_2018
  • Day in the life

Mirabelle Molukun

Mirabelle Molukun studied ​a Bachelor of Mining Engineering at the University of Western Australia in 2015 and is now a Graduate Mining Engineer at South32.
  • Day in the life

Mirabelle Molukun

Mirabelle Molukun studied ​a Bachelor of Mining Engineering at the University of Western Australia in 2015 and is now a Graduate Mining Engineer at South32.
Luke Profile Photo
  • Day in the life

Luke Gillogley

Luke Gillogley graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Queensland in 2017, and is now a Graduate Mechanical Engineer at BHP.
  • Day in the life

Luke Gillogley

Luke Gillogley graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Queensland in 2017, and is now a Graduate Mechanical Engineer at BHP.
Worley Graduate - Young female professional wearing black blazer.
  • Day in the life

Clarice Goh

Clarice Goh graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) and Business Management (Business Economics) at The University of Queensland in 2017 and is now working as a Graduate Process Engineer at Worley.
  • Day in the life

Clarice Goh

Clarice Goh graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) and Business Management (Business Economics) at The University of Queensland in 2017 and is now working as a Graduate Process Engineer at Worley.

Free short course trials

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Ever wondered what it's like to study mining, oil and gas? Now's your chance to find out! Jump in and learn key concepts from leading course providers.


This course provides learners with an overview of the mining sector through the lens of the value chain, examining how companies and other stakeholders explore for and then transform a mineral resource to create valuable products and other forms of capital.

Career pathways

This is where the rubber hits the road! Check out if you're inspired by these career pathways in mining, oil and gas?

Some of them are even recruiting students straight out of secondary school. If you like what you see, why not get in touch to learn more!? These employers would love to hear from you!

Related degrees

So you've decided you might like to pursue mining, oil and gas further? Check out these related courses!

While further study is no longer always a prerequisite for a career in mining, oil and gas, some courses can help launch your career to new levels!


Certificate

Find out about studying a Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations at Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Bachelor

Renewable energy technologies are evolving rapidly. They include geothermal heat sources, carbon capture and storage, mineral sequestration, photovoltaics, polymer cells, oxyfuel technologies, and wind turbines.

Bachelor

Experience the impact of Geographic Information Systems with the help of USQ’s Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology (Geographic Information Systems).