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Aside from Queensland, Western Australia is the mining hub of Australia and quite possibly the world!), with the overall value of the mining and petroleum industry in WA being about $71.3 billion in 08-09.
Over the last 20 years there has been a significant increase in mining jobs in WA, increasing from 30,000 in 1989 to over 75,000 in 2009. If you are looking for a job in the mines then Western Australia looks like a great place to make your start.
Where are All the Jobs?
WA is quite a large state (the biggest in Australia), so I thought it would be a good idea to highlight the major areas where the most extraction is being done – and where there are the most mining jobs.
Home to the largest open-pit mine The Super Pit, at over 3.5km long and 1.5km wide, this mine alone produces 28 tonne of gold each year and directly employs close to 550 mining staff.
The mine is open 24/5 with daily blasts at 1pm (weather permitting).
The Pilbara region, including Karratha, is where most of Australia’s iron ore is mined – resulting in over 9,000 mining jobs in this area alone. A thin strip in the northern region of Western Australia, Pilbara is well known for is large mineral deposits.
WA is quite isolated from eastern Australia, but there are plenty of flights at I Want That Flight if you are willing to travel with a budget airline.
What is My Next Step?
Before you just jump straight into it and apply for every single job to can find, decide to play it smart and get yourself prepared.
What Type of Mining Job Do You Want?
There are basically 3 types of applicants when it comes to the mining industry and it is important to know which of these you are, so that you ensure that you are applying for the right type of job for your qualifications.
- Unskilled/Uneducated Applicant
Do you have no experience in the mining and resource industry and no relevant training or qualifications? This will drastically limit your entry opportunities – as most companies are looking for people with experience. You will need to find an unskilled positions, which are usually very competitive.
- Skilled Applicant
If you have already had experience working in the mines are either looking at changing positions or re-entering the industry after some time away, then you are in a much better position than the majority of applicants. Mining companies are always in need to skilled labour – so just start searching and apply for relevant positions.
- Educated Applicant
Do you have a degree that is relevant to working in the resource sector? If you are straight out of college then you may wish to consider contacting the major mining firms in relation to the graduate’s program. This can be a great stepping stone for your career.
Now Where Should I Start Looking For Mining Jobs in WA?
There are a couple of ways to apply for find jobs in the mining industry of Western Australia and here are the main ones.
The popular job websites are always a great place to start your search because they literally have thousands of jobs currently listed on their sites and you can usually apply right on the website:
There are quite a few specialised mining recruitment agencies that work at connecting mines with potential employees, that are based in Western Australia. They can be a great resource for not only new job openings but information about what the mining companies are actually looking for.
You may also wish to get in contact with the individual mines themselves. Most have a jobs section on their website. you have probably heard about companies such as BHP, and Fortesque but if you want want a much more comprehensive list, we are looking at building one, but until then visit this list of WA mining companies.
If you have experience or qualifications it is a lot easier to get a job in the mines, however there are still opportunties for unskilled, but it can be best to get the basic certificates and tickets before you start applying.