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Helping you find a career as a Nuclear engineer

The job of a nuclear engineeris to ensure there is sufficient supply of nuclear energy from nuclear power stations. This can involve designing power stations, helping to run them or ensuring old stations are safely shut down depending on the area you specialise in.

What does a Nuclear engineer do?
- Designing innovative new nuclear power stations
- Solving problems with a variety of technological parts
- Managing budgets and staff
- Ensuring health and safety legislation is adhered to
- Keeping radioactive material secure
- Decommissioning outdated power plants
- Disposing of radioactive material
- Creating reports and project plans
What skills and interests should an Nuclear engineer have?
As a nuclear engineer you'll need to have a willingness both to keep up to date with constant updates in technology and to defend the nuclear power industry.
- Analytical skills
- IT skills
- Mathematical ability
- Problem Solving
- Verbal Communication
- Written Communication
What hours does a Nuclear engineer typically do?
Typical working hours depend on which role you undertake. Those involving in designing, management or research can expect to work ‘normal’ office hours of 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, those involved in the running of the plants themselves will work shifts spanning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What environment is a Nuclear engineer based in?
An office or a power station, depending on your role.
How much does a Nuclear engineer travel?
Depending on the type of company you work for, travel will generally be limited to travelling between sites.
How much does a Nuclear engineer get paid?
The average entry level salary for nuclear engineers, without a degree, is between £15,000 and £20,000, with graduate entrants expecting to earn between £20,000 and £28,000.

Once you’ve gained some experience, you can then expect to earn anywhere between £30,000 to £65,000, with some high experienced nuclear engineers able to earn even more.
Perks & benefits
Jobs in this industry are extremely secure, so the likelihood of having to change industry is slim.

In addition to this, most companies provide their staff a range of benefits including health insurance, pension plans and possibilities for further training.
What qualifications does a Nuclear engineer need?
The majority of employers expect applicants to possess a degree in a related subject (see below).
Useful subjects to study at school & university
Nuclear engineering
Chemical engineering
Civil engineering
Hydraulic engineering
Mechanical engineering
Electrical engineering