Nuclear Engineer

Inspect, maintain and repair nuclear systems to meet all regulations.
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Salary Range
$67,000 – $142,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Nuclear Engineers do?

As a Nuclear Engineer, you understand all those little radioactive particles that leave the rest of us scratching our heads. But it’s fortunate for us that as the Nuclear Engineer, you do, because we all benefit from the energy, medicines, and defense weapons that you create.

Every day, we use the product of your labors in the form of energy. Nuclear energy currently fulfills an impressive chunk of our needs. Choosing a Nuclear Engineer career means you will work in labs, power plants, or factories, where you design new systems, train employees on existing systems, and monitor maintenance and repairs. You also inspect equipment, measure radiation levels, and ensure that employee processes conform to regulations.

This position is also often found in the government. The military relies on you for the design, implementation, maintenance, repair, and improvement of nuclear defense weapons. In addition, you might work to evaluate how other countries are using the technology, and determine whether they’re creating weapons to use against us.

You might also work in the education sector as a Teacher, for a private company, or for a nuclear waste company. Regardless of where you don your physics hat though, you need to be able to make quick decisions, know the systems inside and out, and have an aptitude for solving problems. In addition, you need an analytical side, equally weighted with a creative one. In the end, all these skills help make the use of nuclear particles safer, and produce better products.


Should I be a Nuclear Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: NSSS Engineer, Nuclear Power Plant Engineer, Nuclear Process Engineer, Nuclear Radiation Engineer See More

    How to become a Nuclear Engineer

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