Nuclear Engineer

"Nuclear Energy, Runs the Nation" By: Nathan Raisbeck 4th Hr

The Basics

  • Study ways to use radioactive materials for energy
  • Design or modify nuclear reactors or equipment
  • Conduct research to find out how radioactive materials react in different conditions
  • Work in labs or power plants
  • 40 hour work weeks on average
  • Clean work sites
  • Specialize in medical , space, weapons, or consumer power research
  • Salary average is $69,000-$150,000
  • Requires at least bachelors degree
  • Requires a license

Pros and Cons


  • High salary-$23,000 above the national average
  • 40 hour weeks-That's the national average
  • Lots of responsibility - Get to be apart of somethInt big and have power


  • Work with dangerous materials - Can be hazardous to health
  • Keen job competition for position openings - May be difficult finding a job
  • Requires lots of schooling - Takes lots of time and energy to become an engineer

Helpful high school courses

  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Technical Writing
  • Trigonometry/Advanced Algebra

College Education Requirements

  • Bachelors in Nuclear Engineering
  • Masters preferred by employers
  • Degrees in Physics, Chemistry, and Calclus are wanted in addition by employers



American Nuclear Society

Mailing Address:

American Nuclear Society

555 North Kensington Avenue La Grange Park, Illinois 60526





Media Contact:

Tracy Marc Communications Manager

Media Contact Form

Cell: 630-710-8216

American Society for Engineering Education

Mailing Address:

American Society for Engineering Education

1818 N Street, N.W., Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036-2479

Main Telephone: (202) 331-3500

Fax: (202) 265-8504

To wrap it up

If you enjoy high salaries and working in labs or nuclear power plants then Nuclear Engineering is for you. The engineers design or modify nuclear reactors and equipment. They also specialize in medical , space, weapons, or consumer power research. As a nuclear engineer you must have at least a bachelors degree. You will work 40 hour weeks on average. With a salary of $69,000 to $150,000 a year. Having responsibility for other people and working with dangerous materials can be fun but remember to stay safe. If any of these facts appeal to you then become a nuclear engineer. If your interested call 1-800-NUC-POWR. Hope to see you in the lab.


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