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Nuclear Monitoring Technicians

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

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Electrician's Mate (Nuclear); Electronics Technician (Nuclear); Machinist's Mate (Nuclear)

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:
  • Brief workers on radiation levels in work areas.
  • Calculate safe radiation exposure times for personnel using plant contamination readings and prescribed safe levels of radiation.
  • 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
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


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


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
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Self Control


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
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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