Nuclear Engineer

Nuclear engineers work on nuclear energy-related systems and technology. They are educated to understand how nuclear materials behave and how such materials can be put to use. According to the website nuclear engineers need at least a bachelor’s degree but preferably a master’s degree in an area such as mechanical engineering nuclear engineering nuclear physics or electrical engineering. Not only must they have a solid base of knowledge in science math and physics but also they must be able to use their analytical and reasoning skills in creative ways. They often work in on teams with other engineers and scientists. Nuclear engineers work in various job settings. Some are employed by private or governmental research and development laboratories. For example the Department of Energy the Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration employ nuclear engineers. Nuclear engineers also work in nuclear power plants or in factories that manufacture nuclear equipment or weapons. Sometimes they work on a specific construction project such as the construction of a new nuclear power plant. However some nuclear engineers supervise the operation of already in-use nuclear facilities. Still others teach and conduct research in colleges and universities. Job prospects are good for nuclear engineers because even though the number of jobs in this field is not large there are a limited number of individuals with this type of training. The salaries nuclear engineers can expect to earn depend on their level of education and their specific employer. The website says that the median annual salary for nuclear engineers is approximately $85000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $85000
High Salary: $90000
Low Salary: $80000
Tasks: Works at nuclear power plants.
Studies how nuclear materials can be used to create power.
Determines how to deal with nuclear waste.
Develops methods for nuclear refinement.
Also Called: Nuclear Physicist
Nuclear Scientist
Nuclear Researcher
Nuclear Design Engineer
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