Growing up in South Africa, the only thing I knew about mining engineers was that they were the mine manager and lived in a big house in a large, secluded property far from the working masses. My father regarded the mine manager and all mining engineers as being next to God. You did not speak to them; they spoke to you. Of course there was always the inconvenient fact that the mine manager and mining engineers lived in terror of the consulting engineers come from the head office in Johannesburg. They carried the wand of life and death with them. The fear was that you might be promoted and have to leave that large house and go to live in Johannesburg where things were expensive and savage, and where there was so much traffic.
None of these realities is captured in a pretty series of graphics at the Mine Staffing International website. They make the mining engineer sound like the health and safety office or the CAD operator. They do provide nice plots showing that your salary will continually increase. No mention of living in large houses or moving to savage climes. Here is their snapshot of a mining engineer. I suppose this “inside” perspective is intended to encourage you to engage MSI to get you a job. It may work for you, so consider them