Throughout Stardew Valley, the game will ask you to make multiple profession choices as you are leveling up. One of the most important decisions you will have to make is deciding between the Miner profession and the Geologist profession at level five. Both of these professions will impact your income for the long haul, so they will most likely be the engine that runs your farm. How they impact you are radically different.
Stardew Valley Miner or Geologist Guide
The Miner allows ore veins to produce one additional ore when you are tapping into them. Ore is required to build a lot of objects in the game, so you will be mining a lot. Getting that additional ore when you are mining the ore veins can save you a lot of time; allowing you to allocate that to something else. The Miner will also let you choose between the Blacksmith and the Prospector at level ten; both of these professions will help jump your income significantly.
The Geologist gives gems the chance to spawn in pairs. Gems are a very quick way to earn additional income and earn hearts with fellow villagers. The cheapest gem can be sold for 80 gold, while the cheapest Ore will need to sit before it is worth anything. Unlike the Miner though, you are not guaranteed to acquire an additional gem every time you are looking for gems. The Geologist path will lead you into the Excavator or the Gemologist at level ten; another two professions that can jump-start your income.
So which path would I consider to be better in the end? Honestly, it depends on what kind of income engine you would like to base your game around. The Miner has an immediate impact on the game, while the risk the Geologist offers will pay much more handsomely than the Miner. The Miner’s late game is much more profitable than the Geologist. It really does depend on how you want to play the game.
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So which profession did you pick? Do you have any additional questions? We hope our Stardew Valley Miner or Geologist Guide helped! Need more content? Check out our Stardew Valley Sweet Gem Berry Guide!