Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 47-5081 Helpers--Extraction Workers
Help extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers, blasters and explosives workers, derrick operators, and mining machine operators, by performing duties of lesser skill. Duties include supplying equipment or cleaning work area. Exclude apprentice workers and report them with the appropriate extraction trade occupation (47-5011 through 47-5099).
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Repair and maintain automotive and drilling equipment, using hand tools. Observe and monitor equipment operation during the extraction process in order to detect any problems. Drive moving equipment in order to transport materials and parts to excavation sites. Clean up work areas and remove debris after extraction activities are complete. Organize materials in order to prepare for use. Provide assistance to extraction craft workers such as earth drillers and derrick operators. Dismantle extracting and boring equipment used for excavation, using hand tools. Unload materials, devices and machine parts, using hand tools.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $12.59   Entry $26,193.00
Mean $20.89   Mean $43,449.00
Experience $25.03 Experience $52,078.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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47-5081.00 Helpers--Extraction Workers