Nuclear Power Reactor Operator

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What kind of education do I need?

The job requires a vocational or an associates degree, so not that high of a education is required (about 4 to 6 years). So anybody can have this job right? Nope. Unless you're Homer Simpson or a person who knows their stuff, you ain't getting this job.

If you wanna go overboard with the education, I'd go to Texas A&M to get that degree in mechanical and computer engineering.

What skills do I need then?

You need to be observant, organized, and detailed oriented with computer skills, technical skills, and communications skills; Everything Homer isn't. I'm surprised the reactor has gone into full meltdown yet, then again it is a cartoon.

Side note: You would have had studied chemistry, physics, algebra, geometry, algebra II, English; if available, applied technology, computer science in high school to get the job to.

Do I have those skills?

You bet your money I do! No seriously start betting, college ain't cheap.

That aside, I do posses those skills, for at a very young age I started designing machines and reactors. I hopefully will gain the education required by the time I'm done with Texas A&M, or go to the naval academy.

Side note #2: You can skip college and go in to the naval nuclear academy, where they will teach you how to run and manage the reactors, as well as college credits, and I mean a lot.

Inception side note: You have to pass a REALLY hard test in order to get in to the academy, and they only the best make it.

Annual Salary of a nuclear power reactor operator

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How much?

A nuclear power reactor operator can usually make around $82,000 to $83,000 in the U.S per year. That is a lot man! (Wells some jobs pay more, but require much more education, so let's weigh the options. A good job with little debt and good pay, or a job with a lot of debt and only $20,000 to $30,000 made more each year? I'll be taking answer 1.)

Does it increase?

Unfortunately the job growth, is almost none, but as you work there more, you begin to make more money, up to 100k+ by 20 years (usually). So I hope your gonna enjoy working for Mr.Burns for a while.
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Does that extra education pay off?

It does, a little. If you have all the required skills, education and more, well you'll be making a good 10k more, and if you have a lot of experience, well, your gonna start of just great, that is if you don't work for Mr.Burns.

Well what do you do?

A nuclear power reactor operator runs the reactor, monitors the heat, and radiation levels, and regulates the core temperature and the amount of fission by controlling the control rods and coolant. Sounds easy right? Well with nuclear reactors, even the slightest mistake or non-monitored level of heat could leave you nothing but a few molecules, floating in the radioactive air. So...... don't mess up buddy, I'm sure you'll do fine, I mean, Homer can do it, so can you.
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How long do I have to work for?

The reactor has to be monitored 24/7, so your gonna be there a while until someone takes your place. So this means your gonna be working EARLY in the morning or beginning to work at night. Hope the espresso was strong enough, cause your gonna be tired.

Where can this work be found?

This work is very seclusive, and is far way from ANY major population, due to the nature of the power plant (you know, radioactive). The work though is not done in a room with window to the reactor like Homer experiences, no it is rather a deep, dark, windowless room underground with a bunch of monitors.

Side note#3: You're gonna want some glasses eventually if your gonna be starring at a monitor all day.

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The pay alone is a good benefit, because you make more than the average person in the U.S. As well, depending on the company, you might get good health care and even shorter hours (Maybe).


You will lose a lot of sleep, and I mean a lot. You also have the slight chance of not existing anymore if you make a mistake. The employment rate isn't that good, but the unemployment rate is high either, because if you make a mistake, you not gonna be fired, cause I don't think can fire a few bits of molecules.

Interview Question time!

1. Have you graduated high school with at least chemistry, physics, algebra, geometry, algebra II, and English?

2. Have you worked with another power plant?

3. Do you have experience with nuclear fission and monitoring?

4. Are you very mechanically inclined?

5. Do you have an associates degree?

6. Do you have any specializations other than our required standards?

7. Have you graduated college with more than an associates degree?

8. Can you stay awake for more than 10 hours?

9. Does electrical light from a monitor bother your eyes?

10. What is your desired pay?

Bonus question: Are you Homer Simpson?