The gold mining industry has declined over the years, but it is still possible to become a gold miner if you live near a gold mine or are willing to travel to an area where gold mining is still done. In some cases, gold is mined along with other minerals, so you may end up learning how to extract various materials from mines during your job training. No specific level of education is necessary for some mining positions, but if you want to do more advanced tasks, a college degree or certificate may be necessary.
Check job postings with mining companies to find out what they are looking for in a potential employer. As long as you are willing to work hard and learn new skills, you are usually qualified to become a gold miner in some capacity. You will have to take part in plenty of job training that will prepare you for the rigors of the job, and you will need to be in good physical shape to take part in the mining process. You can improve your chances to become a gold miner if you obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) with the appropriate certifications to qualify you to drive heavy machinery and large trucks.
You can also improve your chances of securing a gold mining position by taking training courses in mine safety, explosives, machine operation, and other topics relevant to mining. Employers will look for job candidates with relevant education and experience, so you can quicken the process of finding a job by developing such skills and experiences. If you have no experience, you will end up starting with an entry-level position that requires a significant amount of physical labor. While you work in these positions, be sure to exhibit a good work ethic so your managers will be more inclined to promote you down the line.
You may also become a gold miner by working in a processing facility. Not all gold is extracted completely on-site. Instead, the raw materials are transported to a sorting or processing facility, in which workers will complete the task of separating the gold from other materials. You can work in a processing facility by applying for a position there and undergoing the necessary job and safety training associated with the position. Again, you should expect to start with an entry-level position unless you have gained credentials that qualify you for more advanced or specialized positions.