A mine geologist must have analytical skills.
A chief mine geologist oversees a company’s geological surveying, mine exploration and industrial production activities. The chief also formulates safety standards and policies and supervises the work of mine geologists.
Tasks and Expectations
A chief mine geologist develops and implements exploration and delineation drill programs, interprets geologic and assay data and provides support for short-term and long-term mine production planning. The geologist also inspects mining areas for unsafe working conditions and structures.
Qualitative Abilities and Tools
A top-performing chief mine geologist generally has an analytical penchant, engineering and technology acumen in addition to good communication skills, according to O*NET OnLine. To complete the required tasks proficiently, chief mine geologists often use clinometers, geological compasses, hammers and color plotting printers. They also use analytical software, such as GEO-SLOPE GeoStudio.
Qualifications and Salary
A chief mine geologist usually has a bachelor’s degree in geology or a related discipline and significant practical experience. According to the career resources portal Indeed, the average annual pay for a chief mine geologist was $78,000 as of 2010.