Radioactive Materials Waste Management Engineer

Create emergency plans and safe ways of storing radioactive waste.
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Salary Range
$67,000 – $142,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Radioactive Materials Waste Management Engineers do?

Nuclear power plants create not just useful energy but radioactive waste as well, which must be dealt with properly if you don’t want a disaster. That’s where the Radioactive Materials Waste Management Engineer comes in. In this position, you develop plans to dispose of radioactive waste, and then put those plans into action.

The Radioactive Materials Waste Management Engineer starts the process by coming up with a program to help you store radioactive waste. You may store some items on the site of the power plant, and ship other materials to other locations. The Radioactive Materials Waste Management Engineer also comes up with evacuation plans, in case a leak occurs.

Since radioactive waste is dangerous, the government has strict rules about how it should be handled and stored. You know these rules inside out (they’re your idea of a riveting read), and your programs comply with them.

You test clothing and equipment used by workers in the power plant, and store contaminated items in a safe manner. Along the way, you document how much radioactivity you found, and when the items were stored. Using special tools, you test the sludge coming from nuclear reactors as well as the area around them to make sure no radioactive materials are leaking into the environment.

If you find a major leak, you may shut down the power plant, and work to clean up the spill with the help of a team of experts. You stay calm during these stressful periods, knowing that you have the expertise to keep things under control.

You may help design new nuclear power plants as well. You help choose the perfect spot, determine where waste should be stored, and design storage containers that won’t leak for decades. You may also create systems that warn workers of a leak.


Should I be a Radioactive Materials Waste Management Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to Become a
    Radioactive Materials Waste Management Engineer

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