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Nuclear engineers research and develop the processes, instruments and systems used to derive benefits for nuclear energy. Successful nuclear engineers have excellent mathematical knowledge and knowledge of physics. They show thinking, reasoning and analytical skills and are excellent communicators that work well as part of a team. If this sounds like you, then read on, as we think you might just be a very successful nuclear engineer.

The typical duties of a nuclear engineer include designing or developing equipment, the operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants, writing instructions on how to use nuclear plant, monitoring nuclear facilities to identify practices that violate safety regulations, performing experiments to test whether methods of using nuclear material and examining nuclear accidents and gathering data that can be used to design preventive measures.

To become a nuclear engineer, you will first need to earn a bachelor?s degree in nuclear engineering. Although a master?s degree is not necessarily required to become a nuclear engineer, obtaining a master?s degree in nuclear engineering can set you apart from other candidates and widen your job opportunities. You will also need to meet the licensing requirements relevant to your state.

Obviously, there is quite a lot of education needed to become a nuclear engineer. On top of this, a job as a nuclear engineer can be highly stressful as you will have to work to meet deadlines. There is also the constant threat of potential exposure to radiation, which can have drastic consequences on your health. However, a career as a nuclear engineer is very fulfilling as you are able to participate in using cutting-edge energy and healthcare technology. There is also predicted to be a high job growth in the field and a high income potential, making the a career as a nuclear engineer very satisfying.


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