Underground Mine Service and Support Workers

Unit Group 8411

Skill Type: Occupations Unique to Primary Industry

Type of work

Underground mine service and support workers perform a range of duties related to the operation of orepasses, chutes and conveyor systems, the construction and support of underground structures, passages and roadways, and the supply of materials and supplies to support underground mining.

For the full and official description of this occupation according to the National Occupational Classification, visit the NOC site.

Examples of Occupational Titles

  • backfiller
  • blaster helper
  • cage tender
  • conveyor operator
  • crusher operator
  • driller helper
  • haulageman
  • lamp keeper
  • materialman
  • mine construction worker
  • orepass tender
  • pipe worker
  • raise miner helper
  • skip tender
  • timberman
  • trainman

Outlook

Job prospects in this occupation are fair.

Statistics 8411 - Underground Mine Service and Support Workers

Main Labour Market Indicators

In the following table, indicators such as the growth rate, yearly variation in employment, yearly attrition and total annual requirements are forecasts generated by economists from Service Canada, Quebec region. The data source for employment is Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey. The volumes of unemployment insurance beneficiaries come from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)’s administrative data. All of the data are rounded.

  Unit Group 8411 All occupations
Employment, average 2010-2012 less than 1,500 3,951,050
Employment Insurance claimants in 2012 60 87,600
Average Annual Growth Rate 2013-2017 2.0% 0.8%
Annual Employment Variation 2013-2017 not available 33,400
Annual Attrition 2013-2017 not available 73,500
Total Annual Needs 2013-2017 not available 106,900

Employment Distribution

The data from the following employment distribution tables come from Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey (NHS).

  Unit Group 8411 All occupations
Employment by Gender
Males 97.0% 51.9%
Females 3.0% 48.1%
Employment by Age
15 - 24 years 34.6% 13.3%
25 - 44 years 38.5% 42.7%
45 - 64 years 26.9% 41.1%
65 years and over 0.0% 2.8%
Employment by Status
Full-time 93.8% 81.2%
Part-time 6.2% 18.8%
Employment by Annual Income
Full-time, full-year 54.3% 54.8%
Annual Average Income $52,600 $50,300
$0 - $19,999 19.2% 13.3%
$20,000 - $49,999 40.4% 48.0%
$50,000 and over 40.4% 38.8%
Employment by Highest Level of Schooling
Less than high-school 21.3% 12.1%
High-school 19.7% 20.3%
Post-secondary 59.1% 44.2%
Bachelors 0.0% 23.4%
Others Employment Distribution
Self-employment 0.0% 10.7%
Immigration 4.5% 13.7%
Employment by Region
RegionUnit Group 8411 All occupations
Abitibi-Témiscamingue 66.1% 1.8%
Bas-Saint-Laurent 0.0% 2.3%
Capitale-Nationale 0.0% 9.4%
Centre-du-Québec 0.0% 2.9%
Chaudière-Appalaches 0.0% 5.5%
Côte-Nord / Nord-du-Québec 11.6% 1.6%
Estrie 0.0% 3.8%
Gaspésie-îles-de-la-Madeleine 0.0% 0.9%
Lanaudière 5.8% 6.1%
Laurentides 4.1% 7.3%
Laval 0.0% 5.2%
Mauricie 0.0% 3.0%
Montérégie 1.7% 19.2%
Montréal 5.0% 22.9%
Outaouais 0.0% 4.9%
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean 5.8% 3.3%

Main Sectors of Employment

The data of the following table were prepared by economists from Service Canada, Quebec region. The data source is Statistics Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey (NHS).

SectorUnit Group 8411
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 87.5%