Nuclear Engineering
By: Claire DeVoe

Salary:

Median $104,270      Lowest $68,940     Highest $149,940

Nuclear engineers use power  to identify and treat medical problems. Some create systems to transfer power to huge cities, submarines, or space ships. Some may also look into the nuclear fuel cycle such as production or safe disposal of nuclear waste. Or some might work with creating fusion energy. Or lastly some might make machines that show the human body and destroy cancer cells.

What does a Nuclear Engineer do?:

  • Design or develop nuclear equipment, such as reactor cores, radiation shielding, or associated instrumentation
  • Monitor nuclear facility operations to identify any design, construction, or operation practices that violate safety regulations and laws
  • Examine nuclear accidents and gather data that can be used to design preventive measures
  • Write operational instructions to be used in nuclear plant operation or in handling and disposing of nuclear waste
  • Direct operating or maintenance activities of operational nuclear power plants to ensure that they meet safety standards
  • Perform experiments to test whether methods of using nuclear material, reclaiming nuclear fuel, or disposing of nuclear waste are acceptable
  • Take corrective actions or order plant shutdowns in emergencies

I find this field very interesting because it is hands on work with real people and machines that may save lives. It also is working with energy and fusion which seems exciting.


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