Career Profiles and Employment Projections
Earth Drillers (Except Oil and Gas): Career Information
Earth Drillers (Except Oil and Gas)
What Earth drillers Do
Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.
Earth driller Salaries
- 2014 employment: 20,000
- May 2015 median annual wage: $44,240
Job Outlook for Earth drillers
Projected employment change, 2014–24:
- Number of new jobs: 2,700
- Growth rate: 14 percent (Much faster than average)
How to Become an Earth driller
Education and training:
- Typical entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent
- Work experience in a related occupation: None
- Typical on-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
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*Some content used by permission of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.