Maybe the days of the 1849 California Gold rush have always interested you. Maybe you’ve gotten the “gold bug” by watching some of the recent documentary-type shows on TV. Or maybe, you’ve just been seeing the price of gold go through the roof and thought, “Hey, I should probably get in on that!” Any way you look at it, gold and gold mining is booming again! And if you were thinking about getting a job in the gold bonanza of Arizona, now is definitely the time to act.
When gold prices dipped in the 1990s, mines started closing up shop. There just wasn’t enough profit in it anymore. Now, however, with the gold price reaching a new high, and dozens of gold rich veins being reopened in states like Arizona, everyone from serious investors, to weekend prospectors, and hardened miners are getting back into the game.
If your aim is to go it alone (be a “weekend prospector,” if you will), there are plenty of options open to you. Your best bet for prospecting will be to join an Arizona-based gold panning club. Most of these clubs will own claims and leases, they will offer guidance, resources, and even groups to pan with. It is exactly this type of experience (and possible success) that will let you know for sure that gold mining and prospecting is right for you.
On the other hand, if you want to seriously pursue gold mining as a career (and if you don’t have millions of dollars laying around to open up your own claim), then you will need to look for positions in a mining company. If you log onto http://www.getminingjobs.com/Arizona.html, you will be able to search for jobs in any number of mines and claims in Arizona. You may not be able to step right into a prime spot running the sluice box, or operating the excavator…so consider the idea of “working your way up.” On any day, you can find listings for anything from sales, to project managers, to mining engineers, and mechanics. Your choices are so broad right now thanks to the boom, that chances are, you will be able to find a job that will be a great fit for you.
Remember, if it’s something you think you can love, and something you think you can make a living at, it’s worth going after it. Regardless of whether you plan to mine a little, or mine a lot, if you put your heart into it, you’ll never go wrong.