Australia's decade long mining boom has finally come to an end. Geologists have been hit the hardest with unemployment figures soaring to 6.1% at the end of 2012.

Australia's mining sector was protected from the effects of the 2008 financial crash and subsequent world economic troubles as huge demand from China saw $400 billion in investment, and salaries in the sector rise to at least six figures for everyone from geologists to truck drivers.

With a reduction in that Asian demand the mining sector is starting to feel the effects of the difficult economy.