Nuclear Licensing Engineer

Keep companies up to date on nuclear licensing and safety standards.
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Salary Range
$67,000 – $142,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Nuclear Licensing Engineers do?

Nuclear power provides a world of scientific possibilities, but is less than forgiving when things go wrong. The person in charge of ensuring that this power is harnessed and used responsibly is none other than you, the Nuclear Licensing Engineer. What do you do? You apply your in-depth knowledge of nuclear engineering to check that state and federal safety regulations are met at all times.

The job as a Nuclear Licensing Engineer requires you to keep up to date on the latest safety rules, and there are a lot of them. From rules on how the power plant or research lab should be set up and maintained, down to the permits and licenses it needs to stay open, you keep records of it all. The laws are always changing, and you spend time as a Nuclear Licensing Engineer, reading about them, requesting more information, and finding ways to keep your employer’s company on the path of safety.

Take your typical day at the nuclear power plant. You’ve just learned of a new safety license your company is required to have. First, you read the information and speak with committee members on what the changes mean. Then it’s back to the plant to map out new measures, and determine what changes in procedures are needed, if any.

Once the changes are in place, it’s time to fill out the paperwork documenting your alterations. You plan not only what needs to change now, but also how to keep those changes up to date in the future. Thanks to you, everyone can sleep soundly knowing the nuclear plant is carefully monitored and under control.


Should I be a Nuclear Licensing Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • How to Become a
    Nuclear Licensing Engineer

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