I think this another case where a literal interpretation of Bitcoin terminology can be misleading
The primary purpose of the process referred to as mining is not the creation (digging up?) of new Bitcoin money. The primary purpose of mining is the production of new blocks in the blockchain - the public transaction journal that is replicated throughout the Bitcoin network by all full participants, including many ordinary wallets.
The miners are currently granted, by the other nodes in the network which accept the mined blocks, a fixed amount mining-reward where the reward amount halves every few years according to a fixed halving rate that is part of the consensus rules. But this is not what causes mining to be hard work - adding to the new block a record of a mining reward of freshly created bitcoin takes almost no computational work, compared to the main task of securing the blockchain which makes that block valid.
Mining is maybe more like building an ever-lengthening structure by reusing old bricks from older sections and being allowed by the public to create two new bricks for each section completed.
The word mining is misleading if it causes you to think that the primary purpose is discovering new money. It isn't like mining gold where the primary purpose of miners is to find gold.
Lots of people process transactions, in order to create new draft unconfirmed transactions, to validate unconfirmed transactions being passed around, to calculate balances, etc. Only miners add new transactions to the public replicated transaction journal we call the blockchain.
Miners effectively "confirm" transactions and we talk about numbers of blocks added over a block containing a transaction as "confirmations" of that transaction.
Confirming transactions is a special type of processing. It is part of mining.
Transaction fees go to whoever first confirms a transaction.
Every member of the Bitcoin network, including wallets, performs at least some validation of the new blocks and new transactions it receives. This is a significant part of the routine processing of transactions and blocks. This is the way that fake blocks and attempted fraud is detected and rejected. This is an example of an important type of processing of transactions that is not directly rewarded by transaction fees.
Confirming transactions is processing that only miners can do
Everyone is a transaction processor. Only miners are transaction-confirmers and block-makers. Only block-makers get a special reward of new money for each new block and only transaction-confirmers collect transaction fees from the first confirmation of each transaction. These two jobs are indivisible because confirmations are intrinsically part of new blocks.
For people new to Bitcoin, the word "miner" doesn't immediately bring to mind transaction-confirmation or block-making. It brings to mind digging down through soil and rock to find precious matter buried there. This isn't helpful. People realise its only an analogy but they don't know how far that analogy is valid.
So we shouldn't take terms like mining too literally. They often have subtly or significantly different meanings in the Bitcoin world than they do in everyday usage.