Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

American WorkforceOJT for Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction (NAICS 21)

The Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas extraction sector is part of the Natural Resources and Mining supersector.

The Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction sector includes the following industry groups:

The following chart shows the percentage of people that this sector employs, relative to all the other industrial sectors, and the projected growth of this sector through 2026.

This next chart breaks down the sector into its primary industries. It shows the percentage of people that these primary industries employ, relative to the entire sector, and the projected growth of these industries through 2026.

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in size, for this sector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-sized occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Largest Occupations in Sector, Projected for 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Sector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Roustabouts, oil and gas 46.6 6.5 26.1 No formal educational credential Moderate term
Service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 45.8 6.4 25.6 No formal educational credential Moderate term
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers 36.3 5.1 12.9 Postsecondary nondegree award Short term
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers 30.2 4.2 17.0 High school diploma or equivalent None
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators 25.2 3.5 1.8 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate term
Petroleum engineers 20.3 2.8 22.4 Bachelor’s degree None
Rotary drill operators, oil and gas 19.0 2.7 25.7 No formal educational credential Moderate term
General and operations managers 18.7 2.6 17.3 11-1021 11-1021
Accountants and auditors 16.0 2.2 20.3 Bachelor’s degree None
Industrial machinery mechanics 15.5 2.2 14.2 High school diploma or equivalent Long term

The following table shows the top 10 projected occupations, in growth, for this sector through 2026. It also shows the educational requirements and OJT requirements for these top-growth occupations. The OJT.com training directory provides a listing of the state-by-state training providers that can fulfill your on-the-job training requirements.

Highest Growth Occupations in Sector, Projected thru 2026

Occupation 2026 Projected Employment (in thousands) 2026 Projected Percent of Sector Percent Employment Change (2016-2026) Education Requirements OJT Requirements
Operations research analysts 0.3 0.0 38.4 Bachelor’s degree None
Lawyers 3.3 0.5 36.5 Doctoral or professional degree None
Paralegals and legal assistants 0.6 0.1 34.9 Associate’s degree None
Surveying and mapping technicians 2.0 0.3 33.8 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate term
Software developers, applications 0.7 0.1 33.7 Bachelor’s degree None
Market research analysts and marketing specialists 0.8 0.1 32.4 Bachelor’s degree None
Financial managers 3.8 0.5 31.8 Bachelor’s degree None
Pipelayers 0.5 0.1 27.2 No formal educational credential Short term
Helpers–pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 0.3 0.0 27.2 High school diploma or equivalent Short term
Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders 0.2 0.0 27.2 High school diploma or equivalent Moderate term

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