Nuclear Chemistry

By Keaton Hundle

Radioactivity was discovered in the late 1800's, and since then it has been the subject of many movies, cartoons, and TV shows. Nuclear chemists work with various isotopic forms of elements to study fission and fusion processes, or they delve into the effects of ionizing radiation on materials, living organisms, and the environment.

Education requirements to be a Nuclear Chemist:

A bachelor's degree in chemistry or a related field for entry level, master's degree or Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry for research and post secondary teaching positions. Some top schools to achieve these degrees that is close to Cameron, is UT in Austin, Texas A&M in College Station, and Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Years required for your degree's and cost:

Your bachelor degree for entry is 4 years and master's degree takes 1.5 to 2 years.

A&M cost $227 per credit, GT cost $27,600, and UT cost $4,689 per 12+ hours.

Work space/working environment of a nuclear chemist:

Nuclear chemists may work in academic or government laboratories doing basic, applied, or theoretical research. They may also work in private industry, at nuclear power plants, or in medical facilities that offer radiation treatments and medical imaging.

Equipment and technology used on the job:

Instrumentation, liquid scintillation counters, tritium, and hyper pure germanium.

Businesses, places, and other possible opportunities

Materials science, pharmaceutical research, nuclear medicine physics, or theoretical science.

Average salary

Average salary of 2013 is $77,740.

Interesting Facts

Nuclear chemist made the atomic bombs that landed on Japan.