Common myths about working in mining, versus the reality

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Hot Rubble ( is a gateway to mining careers in South Australia. Whether you’re finishing school, starting from scratch or switching industries, it's a one-stop resource for finding out what it’s really like to work in SA mining, what kind of opportunities are out there and how to make it happen. Here, the Hot Rubble team debunks some common myths among mining job seekers...

Myth: Anyone can get a mining job

Reality: For each single job advertised in the mining industry there can be more than 5000 applicants. Securing a job in the mining industry requires the right qualifications, skills and aptitude for each particular role. To find out more about the skills you need for the job you want, visit the Hot Rubble pathways portal, identifying yourself as finishing school, starting from scratch, or making the move to mining from another industry.

Myth: Mining is a great way to make some fast cash

Reality: Like in any industry, mining can be a lucrative career for a candidate with the right skills and experience for their particular role. However, mining also faces upswings and downturns and commodity price issues, with the resulting growing and downsizing workforce. Keep in mind that pay rates and salaries vary widely depending on the particular role, where you are prepared to work and the field you want to specialise in. You can find out more about expected salaries and pay rates the Hot Rubble website.

Myth: All mining work is FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) or DIDO (drive-in, drive-out)

Reality:  Not all mining jobs involve work in remote locations.  Other SA mine sites, such as Roxby Downs, Coober Pedy, Kimba and Wudinna are located close to regional towns where it is possible for you to live close to work within great country communities. You could also, for example, find yourself behind the desk of an office in the CBD.

Myth: Miners work hard and play hard

Reality: We’re all familiar with media stories that paint workers in the mining industry as young, cashed-up party people who can’t wait to blow their pay. The reality is that the mining industry is made up of a mix of young, single workers, families, mature workers – all men and women with varied lifestyles, with personal and professional goals who spend their leisure time in different ways. While onsite, there is a zero tolerance alcohol and drug policy.

Myth: Only young people can get a mining job

Reality: The variety of roles available for workers in the mining industry requires a diverse set of skills and different levels of experience, some of which can only be provided by more mature workers.  Your willingness to absorb, learn and follow best practice procedures is what makes you valuable onsite, at any age.

Myth: Mining jobs involve lots of manual labour

Reality: The diversity of jobs in the mining industry means that you can find yourself on the tools in a mine site, or in a state of the art office building in the CBD. What’s more, many jobs that are used to involve manual labour have been automated or are now completed by high-tech machinery.

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