Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers

Career Cluster: Maker
These hard working individuals are essential to the success of many industries.

Drilling, mining, and shot firing are all challenging and rewarding professions that offer a unique and exciting work environment. For drillers, the thrill of operating heavy machinery and drilling deep into the earth to extract valuable resources is unmatched. Miners get to work in a team environment, using their skills and expertise to extract minerals and metals from the earth, contributing to the global economy. Shot firers play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of the mining operation by using explosives to blast through rock and create tunnels. All three professions require a high level of skill, attention to detail, and a commitment to safety. Despite the challenges, drillers, miners, and shot firers find great satisfaction in their work, knowing that they are contributing to the growth and development of society while working in a dynamic and exciting industry.

Possible Pathways
To become a driller, miner or shot firer, you need to complete a vocational education and training (VET) course in drilling operations, mining or explosives. This training typically covers topics such as drilling techniques, equipment operation, safety procedures and explosives handling. In addition to formal training, on-the-job experience is also essential for gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to work in these roles. With the right qualifications and training, you can pursue a rewarding career in the mining and resources industry.


projected growth


size of field

Above Average

hours worked
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Physical Activity
Interest areas
Most Common industries
Heavy Equipment
core skills

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Projected Growth Source: Jobs and Skills Australia, labourmarketinsights.gov.au, 2021 Employment projections for the five years to 2026.
Size of Field Source: ANZSCO 4-digit occupations: ABS Labour Force Survey, February 2023, custom trend.
Hours Worked Source: ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report.