Best Profession in Stardew Valley: Miner or Geologist?


Mining is a pretty niche hobby. I mean, some people do it for a living, and some are doing mining for profit. Speaking of which, miner and geologist professions are also part of the reasons while Stardew Valley isn’t just a farming simulator, as some might suggest.

There’s a valid reason why choosing between these jobs can change your overall gameplay. It’s necessary to understand where you’re coming from, especially if you’re gonna be playing for a long time.

Some professions in Stardew Valley have their own pros and cons. Here, we’re gonna dissect which profession is the best for you: Miner or Geologist.

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Stardew Valley Miner or Geologist 1.5 Update

With the new update from Patch 1.5, I’m sure you’re all excited to see what the update will bring to the table.

Well, from the changelog, it says gem nodes will now provide additional experience points for the Mining skill. What’s more, it can also drop diamonds each time you see and mine one. What’s also interesting is that nodes are no longer capped and limited by your own mining level.

This means you’ll be able to mine more regardless of how far you are into the game.

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Which is better: Miner or Geologist | Mining Skills

1Cherry Bomb
3Miner’s Taste
4Glowstone Ring, Transmute (Iron)
5Profession Fork
Miner: Additional ore per vein
Geologist: 50% chance for twice the gems
7Transmute (Gold)
8Mega Bomb
10Profession Fork
Blacksmith – All metal bars are 50% more valuable
Prospector – Twice the chance to find more coal

Excavator – Geode findings are 2x more often
Gemologist – All gems are 30% more valuable

Miners will generally get ahead in the early game. But as soon as you unlock the perks for the Geologist profession, you’ll see that in terms of consistency, Miner perks are better. But in terms of overall profit, geologists might be a little too ahead in the competition.

That sums up pretty much everything for now. If you like what you see, consider checking all our other posts here. We have everything from guides, mods, tips and tricks, hacks, and pretty much everything you can think of from Stardew Valley. Happy farming!

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