Career Details

Earth Driller (Except Oil and Gas)

Career Overview

Earth drillers operate a variety of drills in order to access water and salt deposits, to obtain samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to assist with the use of explosives in mining or construction.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required to obtain this position. The job may be learned through on-the-job training, an apprenticeship program, or through some technical college programs.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$29,000 /yr
$44,000 /yr
$75,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

An earth driller will spend most of their work time on a construction sites, in mining quarries, and in other outdoor environments. This can be a very physically demanding job because of the amount of time required to sit in a small space within various weather conditions.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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