Energy, Mining and Resources Careers

The energy, mining and resources sector is rapidly adopting new technology like robotics, drones, data science and virtual and augmented reality, creating a different skills mix for our future workforce. These advances in technology are making the sector safer, more competitive and more sustainable.

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Pave your way into a career in the energy, mining and resources industry. These careers not only offer highly skilled, highly paid roles – they offer the opportunity to change roles as your career expands and travel across Australia and the World for work. Search for career options and the University of Adelaide degrees that will get you there.


  • Drilling engineer 
    Work with geologists and reservoir engineers to plan and oversee the drilling of exploration and development of oil and gas wells on location and in an office environment.


  • Geologist 
    Work to understand the study of earth and some of society’s most important problems, such as energy, mining, water and mineral resources, and natural hazards like landslides, volcanoes, earthquakes and floods.


  • Mining engineer 
    Work across the globe to ensure that underground resources such as minerals, metals, oil and gas are extracted safely and efficiently.


  • Process engineer 
    As a process engineer you will be responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and improvement of large equipment and facilities which are used for processing and producing of oil and gas - either onshore or offshore.


  • Sustainable/renewable energy engineer 
    Renewable energy engineers are part of the growing sector of green jobs that involve environmentally conscious production by maximising the energy potential of clean energy sources including wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower. Renewable energy engineers monitor and develop alternative energy outputs.