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A vast array of careers are available to workers with high school diplomas to advanced college degrees. High school graduates with technical and mechanical aptitude may become blasters, miners, or construction equipment operators and with considerable experience move into the ranks of management. Others work in clerical, sales, or transportation positions. Workers with advanced degrees have a wider range of options open to them in design, maintenance, sales, engineering, science-related fields, law, and management. A wide variety of engineers work in the design aspect of mining, including design, civil, electrical, mechanical, architectural, sanitation, and water supply engineers. Those with high-tech mechanical skills can work in maintenance, keeping mining machinery in top working order. These workers include mechanics, machinists, drafters, electricians, and instrumentation technicians. Those who have an affinity for science and laboratory work have important positions in the mining industry as chemists, petrologists, geochemists, surveyors, and various mining technicians. The mining industry also needs law professionals to address increasingly restrictive and complicated environmental and land use issues.
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