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The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. has announced the release of the 2018 Guide to Minerals and Materials Science Schools.

This annual publication is designed to be used by high school guidance counselors, libraries and college/university engineering departments. It is a reference guide containing information that can be used to contact minerals and materials engineering departments and professors, to determine what is required in degreed programs, and to reference enrollment and graduation data.

Mining is one of a handful of sectors that is projected to add jobs at a fairly constant rate over the next 20 years. Although there has been a decline in the number of mining and mineral engineering programs at U.S. colleges and universities, there continues to be a significant number of graduates in those programs, according to SME. The industry demand for qualified graduates to enter the workforce continues to intensify as vacancies are created by professionals reaching retirement age.

The guide can be used as a marketing tool to interest students in the mining, metallurgical and exploration industries. It gives departments the ability to compare their data with competing colleges and universities. The data includes specific programs, faculty, enrollment and degrees conferred for undergraduates and graduates.

The updated version of the guide is now available in the SME Bookstore.

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