Before the holiday whirlwind, take a moment to celebrate National Miners Day. December 6th is the official observance, but there are so many reasons to be grateful for miners every day.
Between the minerals that make up modern medical instruments and life-saving technology, military technologies, and the communication devices we use every day, we could not live without miners. The men and women of the mining workforce support educational training, safety protocols and adherence, mineral extraction, production, processing and distribution to industries of all varieties. And with the increasing demand for more advanced forms of energy, their jobs are becoming increasingly important.
Countries and entire sectors of our economy need more minerals to implement advanced forms of energy. With this collective shift to an electrified world, minerals like lithium, cobalt, nickel and copper to name just a few are becoming top of mind for many businesses outside of mining. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook estimates that we will need double or potentially quadruple the amount of certain minerals by 2040 if we hope to achieve a low-carbon future.
Put simply, it’s time for our country to produce American-mined minerals. While this adds intensified pressure to ramp up American mineral output, it also paves the way for a reinvigorated workforce of American miners.
With an employment growth rate of 19 percent this year, now is the time to consider a career in mining. From geologists and engineers to data scientists and analysts, the industry needs younger generations and professionals to consider a career in mining.
Join me by taking a moment this year to celebrate miners this National Miners Day.
NMA President and CEO