About MEC

The Minerals Education Coalition’s (MEC) mission is to identify, produce and disseminate fact-based K-12 minerals education lessons and activities and to inform and educate the general public about the importance of mining in their everyday lives.

Click here to learn more about the Minerals Education Coalition.

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Mining & Careers Resources

MEC has created a series of mining & minerals career resources to show students how an interest in STEM subjects can lead to a rewarding career in the mining industry.

Find Mining & Career bookmarks and interviews with mining professionals here.



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Careers in Mining

Today’s world faces complex problems. We all need to work together to manage the Earth’s natural resources wisely. More scientists and engineers will be called upon to find the answers we need, especially in the mining industry since it supplies the world’s mineral products. There are literally hundreds of careers related to mining. Careers in mining offer the opportunity for world travel, good income and the opportunity to make a difference.



Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects) are used by mining professionals throughout the industry. Listen to these interviews to see how interest in STEM subjects can lead to a rewarding career in the mining industry.

Scott McAnally – Exploration Geologist

Download File | Duration: 10:08 | Size: 23.2 mb

Barb Filas – Mining Engineer

Download File | Duration: 11:12 | Size: 25.6 mb

Jim Gusek – Reclamationist

Download File | Duration: 9:55 | Size: 22.7 mb

Stacy Kramer – Health & Safety

Download File | Duration: 6:33 | Size: 15.0 mb

Bonus! A Conversation with a Reclamationist

Download File | Duration: 12:00 | Size: 27.4 mb

Also find discussions of careers in the mining and minerals industries from Freeport-McMoRan:

STEM Pro Live – Freeport-McMoRan, Miami Mine, CO – April 2015

Mining & Career Bookmarks
View the bookmarks below or click here to purchase the bookmark trio.

Exploration/Exploration Geologist

Mining/Mining Engineer

Reclamation/Environmental Engineer


Mining Careers Flyer
List of mining-related careers on one 8 ½ x 11 sheet (geologist, industrial designer, mining engineer, etc).

SME Exploring Mining Careers Booklet
A guide for students, parents and teachers to learn more about mining-related careers. Download PDF. Purchase copies from the SME bookstore.

Roles in Mining
View detailed information on many mining-related careers.

Careers In Mining PPT
Download this Power Point presentation to show students descriptions of some of the mining-related careers.

Mining and Mineral Related Job Board
MiningJobs.org is a provider of online recruiting services for mining and mineral related professionals. Take a look at actual mining-related jobs available today!