There are 3 gathering professions in Rift. These professions are Butchery, Foraging, and Mining. In order to learn a profession, you must first seek a trainer for that profession. There are 4 skill levels within each profession. These are Novice, Skilled, Expert, and Master. With each skill level, you will earn a new title with each grade. The higher the grade in a profession the more valuable items you will be able to butcher, forage, or mine.
Gathering professions will always be in need as they provide the materials needed for crafting professions. There is potential for a lot of money to be made while leveling your gathering professions with leveling up to level 50.
Butchery allows you to collect hides and other useful parts from the creatures in Rift. The collection of these items allows you to craft them into various sorts of leather. This leather is then used to help out Outfitting, Armorsmithing, and Apothecary crafting professions.
In order to use Butchery, you must find a dead beast. These dead beasts can be butchered to gain hides and other valuable items. A tool is not required. You can take these hides to a loom, which can be found in the major cities in Rift, and turn the hides into leathers. These leathers can be sold or used to compliment a crafting profession.
Foraging is a gathering profession that allows for the collection of plants and wood throughout Rift. The collection of plants and wood compliments the Apothocary, Artificing, and Weaponsmithing crafting professions.
Once you have trained in Foraging, then you will be allowed to gather plants and wood. These will be shown on your mini-map as diamonds that will let you know if you are near a foraging node. Collect these ingredients and you will be able to craft timber and logs which can be sold or used to compliment a crafting profession.
Mining allows you to mine mining lodes in Rift. Mining lets you collect minerals and various gems from lodes. You do not need a mining pick in order to do this. The collection of ores and gems compliments Weaponsmithing and Armorsmithing, as well as Artificers.
Once you have trained Mining, then you will be able to mine from mining lodes. These will be shown on your mini-map as diamonds once you have activated the “Track Ore” skill in your spell book. Collect the ore to create bars and collect gems to be sold or used to compliment a crafting profession.