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Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

Also called: Reactor Operator (RO), Nuclear Station Operator (NSO), Nuclear Reactor Operator, Nuclear Control Room Operator

What they do:
Operate or control nuclear reactors. Move control rods, start and stop equipment, monitor and adjust controls, and record data in logs. Implement emergency procedures when needed. May respond to abnormalities, determine cause, and recommend corrective action.
On the job, you would:
  • Adjust controls to position rod and to regulate flux level, reactor period, coolant temperature, or rate of power flow, following standard procedures.
  • Implement operational procedures, such as those controlling start-up or shut-down activities.
  • Respond to system or unit abnormalities, diagnosing the cause, and recommending or taking corrective action.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • physics
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • mechanical
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Dependability
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Data logging software
  • Plant information data entry software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$74,990
per year, on average
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