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Nuclear Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Nuclear Engineer 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 151 Nuclear Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 3202 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 2015:

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 $101,540.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $103,897.

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 $88,606.

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 Degree5.25%
Bachelor's Degree77.05%
Master's Degree37.51%
Doctoral Degree16.86%
Other6.21%

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 years22.56%
3 to 5 years36.62%
6 to 8 years16.02%
9+ years24.8%

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.

  • Operations (31.11%)
  • Communication (30.51%)
  • Management (26.98%)
  • Research (20.92%)
  • Planning (20.52%)
  • Verbal Communication Skills (19.99%)
  • Leadership (17.55%)
  • Writing (16.49%)
  • Coordinating (14.62%)
  • Problem Solving (13.68%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle (6.8%)
  • Nuclear Engineering (47.82%)
  • Project Management (22.65%)
  • Nuclear Fuel (8.14%)
  • Nuclear Power (28.32%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Emergency Response (8.24%)
  • Chemistry (9.12%)
  • Peer Review (13.3%)
  • Auditing (3.95%)
  • Engineering Calculations (9.48%)
  • ASME Boiler And Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) (8.91%)
  • Control Systems (8.68%)
  • Electrical Engineering (26.51%)
  • Construction (5.19%)
  • Systems Engineering (15.21%)
  • Engineering Design Process (11.6%)
  • Engineering Management (1.78%)
  • Procurement (16.29%)
  • Instrumentation (9.25%)
  • Design Specifications (3.55%)
  • Electronics (8.98%)
  • MATLAB (5.46%)
  • Radiation Protection (10.72%)
  • Valves (Piping) (6.53%)
  • Nuclear Safety (10.36%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (20.21%)
  • Systems Design (12.94%)
  • Nuclear Reactor (9.08%)
  • Risk Analysis (6.6%)
  • Environment Health And Safety (3.65%)
  • Physics (21.68%)
  • Commissioning (1.81%)
  • Export Control (7.94%)
  • Technical Writing (4.49%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Design Change Packages (4.46%)
  • Nuclear Design (4.02%)
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering (4.93%)
  • Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Codes (4.83%)

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.

  • Chemical Reaction Engineering (51.04%)
  • Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Codes (50%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Nuclear Project Manager
  • Instrumentation and Controls Engineer
  • Nuclear Licensing Engineer
  • Nuclear Electrician
  • Radiation Engineer
  • Survivability Engineer
  • Nuclear Mechanic
  • Nuclear Engineering Intern
  • Electrical 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

  • Sargent & Lundy (348)
  • Westinghouse Electric Company (122)
  • NextEra Energy (119)
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (116)
  • Lockheed Martin (82)
  • Naval Nuclear Laboratory (66)
  • General Dynamics (65)
  • Duke Energy (64)
  • American Electric Power (63)
  • Sulzer (62)

North Carolina

  • Duke Energy (37)
  • Sargent & Lundy (25)
  • GE Aerospace (17)
  • Actalent (11)
  • GE Vernova (10)
  • Black & Veatch (6)
  • North Carolina State University (5)
  • Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (3)
  • Alliance Of Professionals And Consultants (3)
  • ReNuke Services (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!