Mining and Quarrying Supervisors

(NOC 8221)

in All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Individuals in these jobs supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in underground and surface mining operations and quarries. They work for coal, metal and non-metallic mineral mines and quarries.

Job Outlook

average

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 55 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2022

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

  • Estimate 415 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 1430 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Supervisors, Mining and Quarrying most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. Also, a average portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$87,111

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$18.00

Median

$30.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$4,009

Minimum

$23,520

Median

$87,170

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Individuals in these jobs supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in underground and surface mining operations and quarries. They work for coal, metal and non-metallic mineral mines and quarries.

Job duties

Supervisors in this group:

  • Supervise, coordinate, and schedule the activities of workers who extract coal, minerals and ore.
  • Use underground conveyances and complete other supporting underground mining, heavy equipment operators, drillers, blasters and other workers in surface mining and quarrying.
  • Create ways to meet work schedules and consult with managerial and technical personnel, other departments, and contractors to solve problems and coordinate activities.
  • Oversee the safety of the mining or quarrying operations.
  • Solve work problems and recommend ways to improve productivity.
  • Request materials and supplies.
  • Train workers in job duties, safety procedures and company policies.
  • Recommend personnel actions like hiring and promotions.
  • Prepare production and other reports.

Sample job titles

  • blasters foreperson - mining and quarrying
  • construction supervisor - underground mining and quarrying
  • drilling foreperson - mining and quarrying
  • mine supervisor
  • production foreperson - mining and quarrying
  • quarry supervisor
  • shift foreperson - mining and quarrying
  • underground mine foreperson

Skills

  • You need an aptitude for administrative work and project management. Leadership, supervisory and effective communication skills, both oral and written, is essential. You must be able to work alone and as part of a team. You must be observant, responsible, and able to enforce rules and regulations.

Job requirements

  • High school is required.
  • A college or university program in mining technology or engineering may be required for some positions in this group.
  • Provincial certification as an underground mine supervisor, shift boss, or coal mining supervisor may be required.

Other considerations

  • Supervisory personnel usually have significant non-supervisory experience in a related job. Mobility between surface mining, underground mining, coal or metal mining sectors may be limited by differences in production technologies and licensing requirements. There is mobility between employers, especially for supervisors with post-secondary diplomas or degrees.

By the numbers

Quick look

100

employed in 2016

95.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

10.0%
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90%
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56.2

median age

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

14,665

employed in 2016

78.0%

employed full-time

20.0%

self employed

15.1%
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84.9%
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44.6

median age

Where will I likely work?

42.1%

Cape Breton

$130,212 median annual income
26.3%

Annapolis Valley

N/A
21.1%

North Shore

N/A
10.5%

Halifax

N/A

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

85.7%

Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction

14.3%

Professional, scientific and technical services

What is the age of Employment?

50.0%

55-64

25.0%

45-54

15.0%

35-44

10.0%

65+

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

20.7%

45-54

19.8%

15-24

19.2%

55-64

16.2%

35-44

14.8%

25-34

Top levels of education

25.0%

Less than high school

N/A
25.0%

Trade Certification

N/A
25.0%

High school

N/A
15.0%

Bachelor

N/A
10.0%

Diploma Below Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

35.7%

Less than high school

$23,463 median annual income
30.8%

High school

$19,301 median annual income
13.7%

College Diploma

$29,551 median annual income
13.4%

Trade Certification

$31,535 median annual income
4.4%

Bachelor

$17,956 median annual income

Education & training

High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

Adults without a high school diploma can contact the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) for tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL oversees adult education programs in Nova Scotia. NSSAL partners with the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to deliver programs. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change
Halifax, NS
Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
Westmount, QC

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.