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Nuclear Technicians

Nuclear Technicians
Quick Facts : Nuclear Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$68,090
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20127,100
Job Outlook14% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change1,000

Nuclear technicians assist physicists, engineers, and other professionals in nuclear research and nuclear production. They operate special equipment, such as geiger counters, in these activities and monitor the levels of radiation that are produced.

What Nuclear Technicians Do

  • Monitor the performance of equipment used in nuclear experiments and power generation
  • Measure the levels and types of radiation produced by nuclear experiments, power generation, and other activities
  • Collect and test samples of air, water, and other substances for levels of radioactive contamination
  • Instruct personnel on radiation safety procedures and warn them when conditions are hazardous
  • Maintain radiation monitoring and operating equipment

Work Environment

Most nuclear technicians work full time in the nuclear power industry. Nuclear technicians must take safety precautions to avoid exposure to radiation.
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Job Outlook

Employment of nuclear technicians is expected to grow by 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, due to higher demand for nuclear energy, stemming from greater interest in energy sources that do not emit greenhouse gases.
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The average salary of nuclear technicians was $68,090 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Nuclear Technicians

Most employers prefer applicants who have at least an associate's degree in nuclear science or a nuclear-related technology. Nuclear technicians also go through extensive on-the-job training.
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