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Engineering Careers | Isotopes and Radiation Engineer

Isotopes and Radiation Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Studies isotopes and radioactive isotopes and develops engineering for isotopes and radiation used in medicine, pharmaceuticals, industrial processes or in other scientific research.

Job Outlook

There were 0 Isotopes and Radiation Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 68 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Nuclear Engineer industry, which includes the Isotopes and Radiation Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Isotopes and Radiation Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $84,522.

State

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Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Isotopes and Radiation Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $70,688.

Education and Experience

Posted Isotopes and Radiation Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree27%
Master's Degree42%
Doctoral Degree31%
Other0%

Posted Isotopes and Radiation Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years39%
3 to 5 years35%
6 to 8 years15%
9+ years11%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Isotopes and Radiation Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Research (51%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (28%)
  • Problem Solving (25%)
  • Communication Skills (24%)
  • Written Communication (24%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Physics (68%)
  • Irradiation (53%)
  • Chemistry (32%)
  • Experiments (31%)
  • Data Analysis (29%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Benchmarking (19%)
  • Ionizing Radiation (19%)
  • Simulation (18%)
  • Copying (15%)
  • High-Performance Computing (15%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Nuclear Design (6%)
  • Radiation Protection (6%)
  • Tritium (6%)
  • Uranium (6%)
  • Environmental Restoration (4%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Environmental Restoration (4%) – marginal value $1,334
  • Metallurgy (4%) – marginal value $947

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Isotopes and Radiation Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Senior Nuclear Engineer/Neutronics Analyst
  • Nuclear Fuel Performance Post-Doctoral Research Ass
  • Nuclear Fuels Methods Software Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Junior Nuclear Engineer/Neutronics Analyst

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Isotopes and Radiation Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • US Department of Energy (19)
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory (6)
  • U S Pacific Fleet (6)
  • X Energy (4)
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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