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Nuclear Engineers

You will be at the forefront of developing uses of nuclear material for medical imaging devices, such as positron emission tomography (PET) scanners. You may also develop or design cyclotrons, which produce a high-energy beam that the healthcare industry uses to treat cancerous tumors. So why not? The pay is great, especially if you earned your bachelors degree, no more years of college and you just hop right in.


These are the many things you will be doing if you apply yourself to Nuclear Engineering:


  1. Develop and design nuclear equipment, including radiation shielding, nuclear reactors, and associated instrumentation
  2. Monitor various nuclear facility operations to ensure all practices for design and construction comply with safety regulations and government laws
  3. Evaluate nuclear accidents and collect data that can be used to prevent a similar event from recurring
  4. Create clear operational instructions for nuclear plant operation, as well as proper procedures for handling and disposing radioactive waste
  5. Supervise operations and maintenance activities at nuclear power plants
  6. Conduct studies to determine whether various methods of using nuclear material, reclaiming nuclear energy, or disposing of waste are appropriate and safe
  7. Perform necessary corrective actions to improve plant functioning for the safety of both the workers and public
  • Respond to emergency situations by ordering nuclear plants to shut down
  • Radiology

    No, Radiology does not consist of radios. Sorry for that dissapointment! Radiologists are medical doctors (MDs) or doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) who specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries using medical imaging techniques, such as x-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound!


    This is what you must do to get a spot in this field:

    1. Graduate from an accredited medical school.
    2. Pass a licensing examination.
    3. Go on to complete a residency of at least four years of unique post-graduate medical eduation in.. (radiation safety and protection, radiation effects on the human body, and appropriate performance and interpretation of quality radiological and medical imaging examinations).