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Nuclear Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Researches and develops technology and systems that use nuclear energy and radiation. Maintains the safety of existing nuclear power systems, or develops nuclear power sources, or develops industrial and medical uses for radioactive material.

Job Outlook

There were 3 Nuclear Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 411 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Nuclear 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 $91,433.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $97,156.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Nuclear Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $69,998.

Education and Experience

Posted Nuclear 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 Degree40%
Master's Degree41%
Doctoral Degree19%
Other0%

Posted Nuclear 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 years42%
3 to 5 years28%
6 to 8 years15%
9+ years14%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Nuclear 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 (40%)
  • Communication Skills (38%)
  • Planning (24%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (20%)
  • Written Communication (16%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Physics (50%)
  • Thermodynamics (10%)
  • Nuclear Energy (9%)
  • Nuclear Safety (7%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Chemistry (18%)
  • Hydraulics (14%)
  • Professional Engineer (14%)
  • Python (13%)
  • Experiments (13%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Nuclear Design (5%)
  • Engineering Analysis (4%)
  • Nuclear Industry Knowledge (4%)
  • Computational Modeling (3%)

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.

  • Engineering Analysis (4%) – marginal value $3,264
  • Nuclear Design (5%) – marginal value $2,779

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Nuclear Programs Engineer
  • Senior Nuclear Engineer
  • Entry Level Nuclear Engineer
  • Supervisory Nuclear Engineer

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 Nuclear Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Dte Energy (25)
  • Argonne National Laboratory (20)
  • United States Fleet Forces Command (18)
  • Exelon (18)
  • US Department of Energy (17)

North Carolina

  • Duke Energy Corporation (2)
  • General Electric Company (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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