Launch of new job guide to the mining industry: 50 carrières de l'industrie minière - The Mining Industry: A Prosperous Market for Job Prospectors

    MONTREAL, Oct. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The mining industry forecasts that it
will need to fill 4000 positions over the next 10 years, which makes it a very
interesting market for future graduates and job seekers. For those interested
in a job in the mining industry, Jobboom, the Comité sectoriel de
main-d'oeuvre de l'industrie des mines and the Quebec Mining Association have
just launched a guide to 50 careers in the mining industry that provides a
wealth of information for people looking for a good career in a dynamic
    From underground miner to metallurgical engineer, the guide introduces
you to 50 workers who explain what they do on the job and why they like what
they do. They also offer some good tips for mining industry hopefuls and tell
how they were hired. The guide also offers a list of relevant training
programs, a directory of professional organizations and associations, a
questionnaire that will help give you some idea as to whether you're suited
for work in the mining industry, plus articles about industry growth, graduate
placements and life in mining communities. Not to mention about a hundred
links for finding out more about the mining industry.
    "The jump in metal prices has energized exploration in the mining
industry, leading to the creation of new mines and even the re-opening of
sites that used to be closed. Some 1500 jobs were created in 2005-2006 alone,"
says André Lavoie, director of communications and public relations for the
Quebec Mining Association, at the Career Fair in Montreal where the guide
titled 50 carrières de l'industrie minière was presented.
    "With the number of projects coming down the pike, the opening of new
mines, the increase in the number of jobs available and a slew of retirements,
the mining industry is facing the major challenge of filling its future
positions," adds Pierre Guimont, general manager of the Comité sectoriel de
main-d'oeuvre de l'industrie des mines.
    "This guide to careers in the mining industry provides an overview of job
possibilities in this fast-growing field. We hope that it will help motivate
young women and men to find out more abut what the world of natural resources
actually offers," says Christine Lanthier, director of research and editorial
at Editions Jobboom.

    A flourishing market

    Educational institutions that provide courses relevant to the mining
industry report that job offers are outnumbering the graduates available by a
ratio of 2 to 1. This means that some students have jobs even before they
    And this trend is building. The strong growth in countries like China and
India has increased demand for metals like copper, zinc, gold, iron and
nickel, for which the known reserves have declined. This situation is pushing
companies to start new projects, especially in Quebec, which has excellent
mining potential.
    Currently, over 200 exploration projects are out seeking new deposits.
Since 2001, investment in this field has tripled, from $90 million to
$270 million, for mapping, geophysical surveys and drilling. At the same time,
a number of sites that had been closed for several years are starting up
again, such as the Breakwater's Gonzague-Langlois zinc mine, at
Lebel-sur-Quévillon. Plus, a number of mining projects will get underway in
the next few years, including the Xstrata zinc mine in Matagami and the
Goldcorp Eléonore gold mine at James Bay.

    Top-notch jobs

    "It's time forget the image of the miner with a pick and shovel. The
mining industry offers many jobs in a sophisticated technological environment,
jobs that are highly accessible," says Pierre Guimont. "In fact, popular
perceptions have not kept pace with the changing reality of jobs in the mining
industry. Today the mining industry is in the knowledge business and
technology plays a vital role. Many operations are entirely computerized."
    Note that 12% of mining jobs are held by women, a figure that will surely
rise in the years ahead. First Nations are also considered interesting job
prospects for mining operations, which are often located in outlying areas.

    About the Quebec Mining Association

    The Quebec Mining Association is a spokesperson for the Quebec mining
industry at the provincial level. It represents mining companies that operate
within Quebec, industrial ore producers, junior exploration companies and
mining contractors.

    About the Comité sectoriel de main-d'oeuvre de l'industrie des mines

    A non-profit organization founded in 2006, the mission of the Comité
sectoriel de main-d'oeuvre de l'industrie des mines is to act as a hub for
reflection, joint action and efforts to balance supply and demand for skilled
labour in order to contribute to the sustainability and growth of the mining

    About Editions Jobboom

    Editions Jobboom is a division of, the job-finding

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Guimont, General Manager, Comité
sectoriel de main-d'oeuvre de l'industrie des mines, (418) 653-9254, Cell:
(418) 261-9363; André Lavoie, Director of Communications and Public Relations,
Quebec Mining Association, (418) 657-2016; Christine Lanthier, Director,
Research and Editorial, Editions Jobboom, (514) 871-0222 x 2324; Source: Serge
Vallières, AGC Communications, (514) 849-7000 ext. 223, (514) 892-7205 cell,

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