Mining has been an integral part of Nevada's history, and it remains an important segment of the state's economy. Nevada's considerable mineral reserves make it one of the most prospected places in the world. Rural Nevada has among the highest concentrations of mining activity in the country.
Mining employment in Nevada is 10 times the national average, with the state leading the nation in production of gold and various other minerals. Demand for Nevada's substantial deposits of silver, molybdenum, copper, tungsten, lithium, uranium, and industrial minerals such as gypsum, diatomaceous earth, and limestone is likely to grow significantly over the coming years.
Nevada's mining and materials industries share common technical expertise and resources between their component sectors: clean energy, manufacturing, and aerospace and defense. All of these industries rely on consumer demand and are also export-based, improving the state's economy over the long term.
Demand for a skilled workforce is at an all-time high, and Nevada offers very successful programs to fill industry needs through Great Basin College (GBC) and the Mining and Metallurgical Engineering program at University of Nevada Reno (UNR). Both educational institutions have tremendous support from the mining industry.