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Iron Miner

Find and extract precious iron ore from underground mines.

What does an Iron Miner do?

Miners spend most of their days digging and going into mines to pull minerals out of the earth. As an Iron Miner, you extract iron, the stuff used to make many things, including fences, cookware, steel, and nails.

The US is about the fourth biggest producer of iron in the world. This doesn’t mean, though, that there are mines all over the place. Most of the mines are found in smaller towns in Michigan, Missouri, and Minnesota, so if you chose a career as an Iron Miner, plan on making one of these places your permanent home. The other thing you should plan on if you chose to be an Iron Miner is working hard, as mining is pretty backbreaking labor.

Though mining is an outdoor job, it’s also an underground job, which means you don’t spend your days in the sunshine. Instead you make your way through tunnels and into caverns that contain iron ore. Once you come across a deposit, you get to work extracting the iron, putting it into carts, and moving it out to trucks where it can be taken to refining or finishing plants. Extracting iron requires a variety of tools, from complex electronic equipment to the basics like pickaxes, shovels, and jackhammers.

This is a very dangerous job, and on a daily basis, you face the possibility of gas leaks, tunnel collapses, and high levels of dirt or dust in your lungs. Always wear a hardhat equipped with a headlamp so you can protect your head, see where you’re going, and alert others to your location.