Helpers--Extraction Workers
SOC: 47-5081.00

Description:

Help extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers, blasters and explosives workers, derrick operators, and mining machine operators, by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying equipment or cleaning work area.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
25,800 employed

Projected (2024):
29,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Blaster
  • Blaster Helper
  • Blasting Helper
  • Boring Machine Operator Helper
  • Bottom Hole Pressure Recording Operator Helper
  • Churn Driller Helper
  • Clean Out Driller Helper
  • Clean-Out Driller Helper
  • Coal Miner
  • Continuous Miner Operator Helper
  • Core Drill Operator Helper
  • Core Driller Helper
  • Cutter Operator Helper
  • Cutting Machine Operator Helper
  • Derrick Hand
  • Derrick Helper
  • Derrickman Helper
  • Driller
  • Driller Helper
  • Dry-Placer Machine Operator
  • Extractions Technician
  • Gravity Prospecting Observer Helper
  • Hammerer Helper
  • Haul Truck Driver
  • Horizontal Earth Boring Machine Operator Helper
  • Jack Setter
  • Joy Operator Helper
  • Laborer
  • Loader Operator
  • Loading Machine Operator Helper
  • Longwall Headgate Operator
  • Longwall Machine Operator Helper
  • Machine Helper
  • Maintainer
  • Miner
  • Miner Assistant
  • Miner Helper
  • Mining Helper
  • Mining Technician
  • Organic Extractions Technician
  • Placer Miner
  • Pneumatic Jack Operator
  • Powder Carrier
  • Pumper Helper
  • Rig Builder Helper
  • Roof Bolter Helper
  • Roof Bolter Operator
  • Rotary Drill Operator Helper
  • Rotary Driller Helper
  • Rotary Helper
  • Roughneck
  • Salt Miner
  • Sandfill Operator
  • Seismic Prospecting Observer Helper
  • Seismograph Helper
  • Shaft Mechanic
  • Shale Planer Operator Helper
  • Shooter Helper
  • Shot Core Drill Operator Helper
  • Tailer
  • Test Borer Helper
  • Truck Driver
  • Tunnel Mucker
  • Undercutter Operator
  • Underground Miner
  • Wash Driller Helper


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Repair and maintain automotive and drilling equipment, using hand tools.
  • Observe and monitor equipment operation during the extraction process to detect any problems.
  • Drive moving equipment to transport materials and parts to excavation sites.
  • Clean up work areas and remove debris after extraction activities are complete.
  • Organize materials to prepare for use.
  • Provide assistance to extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers and derrick operators.
  • Dismantle extracting and boring equipment used for excavation, using hand tools.
  • Unload materials, devices and machine parts, using hand tools.
  • Load materials into well holes or into equipment, using hand tools.
  • Signal workers to start geological material extraction or boring.
  • Clean and prepare sites for excavation or boring.
  • Set up and adjust equipment used to excavate geological materials.
  • Collect and examine geological matter, using hand tools and testing devices.
  • Dig trenches.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Bell reamers
  • Claw hammers
  • Compact tracked excavators
  • Core drill rigs
  • Cutting machines
  • Drilling mud tanks
  • Electrical detonators
  • Explosive blasting caps
  • Field forklifts
  • Four-wheel drive front end loaders
  • Hand augers
  • High pressure steam cleaners
  • Hoisting equipment
  • Hydraulic boring machines
  • Hydraulic rams
  • Longwall shears
  • Lube guns
  • Materials conveyors
  • Mobile radios
  • Mud rotary drills
  • Multipurpose wrenches
  • Personal computers
  • Portable sump pumps
  • Power rock coring drills
  • Prying tools
  • Raise drills
  • Remote firing devices
  • Rig mud pumps
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Spirit levels
  • Truck-mounted derricks
  • Utility trucks
  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software


  • construction and extraction


    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580