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Nuclear Monitoring Technicians

Also called: Health Physics Technician (HP Technician), Radiation Protection Technician (RPT), Radiation Protection Technician (RP Technician), Radiation Protection Specialist (RP Specialist)

Where in the Army? In the Army: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist

What they do:
Collect and test samples to monitor results of nuclear experiments and contamination of humans, facilities, and environment.
On the job, you would:
  • Calculate safe radiation exposure times for personnel using plant contamination readings and prescribed safe levels of radiation.
  • Inform supervisors when individual exposures or area radiation levels approach maximum permissible limits.
  • Monitor personnel to determine the amounts and intensities of radiation exposure.


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


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


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
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Gamma waste assay system GWAS software
  • Radiological assessment display and control system RADACS
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
some college
usually needed

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