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Stardew Valley: Is Miner or Geologist Better?

Not sure whether to pick Miner or Geologist in Stardew Valley? We'll help you out.

In Stardew Valley, there are a number of professions at your disposal. When you hit Level 5 mining, you have the opportunity to choose either Miner or Geologist. Both professions have advantages, but some might outweigh others. This begs the question: is Miner or Geologist better in Stardew Valley? Let’s find out.

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Is Miner or Geologist Better in Stardew Valley?


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The Geologist profession in Stardew Valley gives you a chance to find gems in pairs. This can be very beneficial, as gems can sell for an expensive price. The more, the better!

If you care less about money and more about friends, gems also make exceptional gifts for townsfolk. You’ll also need to acquire a number of gems if you accept Emily’s Rock Rejuvenation quest, which will help with friendship points.

Being a Geologist helps with several incentives, and the advantages only get better. Once you reach Level 10 Mining, you’ll have the opportunity to select the Gemologist branch under Geologist. This means gems will be 30% more, creating a great avenue to make money.


The Miner profession gives you +1 ore per vein. When mining ores, you’ll find an extra ore for each node. This is helpful in the early part of Stardew Valley when you start upgrading your tools. In the initial stages, ores are harder to come by, so having this profession will speed up the process of trying to maximise all your tools.

These upgrades help you massively in the early stages, as you’ll find your character getting less overexerted when doing tasks in the game. Later on, when you’ve reached Level 10 Mining, you’ll be able to pick Blacksmith under the Miner profession. The Blacksmith makes metal bars worth 50% more.

Which One’s Better?

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Overall, I think the Miner profession is better than Geologist. Earlier access to advanced tools will improve proficiency in many things, such as Farming. Your character is less likely to become “sluggish” when cutting trees or watering crops. Once you’ve upgraded all your tools, you can still use the Miner profession to gain plenty of money. Radioactive bars will be worth 4,500g at Blacksmith price, which is worth more than any gem or mineral in Stardew Valley.

Despite Miner winning this round, you might find Geologist more suitable. If you like collecting crystals, Geologist is likely the better route! On the other hand, Miner is best for upgrades and profit. But don’t panic too much about making a decision, as you can always change your profession with the Statue of Uncertainty.

That answers the question: is Miner or Geologist better in Stardew Valley? If you want more Stardew Valley content, check out our guides hub.

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Tamzin's love for video games commenced when she was a child. She realised she wanted to turn this hobby into a vocation, when she specialised in a Video Game unit in her Psychology degree. Now, she's determined to make her mark in the video game industry. Her go to genre is Action RPG, but she has a soft spot for simulation games. In her spare time, she loves watching Studio Ghibli, conversing with friends, and buying far too many clothes.