"The U.S. mining industry is expected to create 11,000 to 13,000 new jobs per year for the next 20 years, but it is an open question if mining companies can offset the projected exodus of skilled workers from the industry, according to a recent mining industry workforce study from the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME)," according to a summary by John Egan for Industrial Info Resources. [Photo credit Resolution Copper]
He also noted that "Including contract labor, all segments of the mining industry employ about 350,000 workers today. The metals and minerals mined by those workers are the starting point in a value chain that accounts for between 10% and 14% of the U.S. gross national product (GNP), according to the study, Emerging Workforce Trends in the U.S. Mining Industry." The report can be purchased from SME.