I live in the largest gold mining area in the world here in Northern Nevada. The can never get enough engineers where I live, small town in the desert and nobody wants to live here. The engineers I know have to go out in the field somewhat but I believe they are in offices most of the time. There are more types of mines than just gold, but here is some information on the two largest companies............newmont.com barrick.com I also know a geologist who now works for newmont, he's been out of school probably five years. He works for exploration, and he is constantly travelling an hour or two from Elko, but he hikes around in the hills alot. I assume he is checking drilling samples to find out where the gold is. I think metalurgist is one of the most in damand degrees around here.