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Nuclear Technicians

Also called: Licensed Nuclear Operator, Nuclear Auxiliary Operator, Nuclear Equipment Operator (NEO), Operations Technician

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What they do:
Assist nuclear physicists, nuclear engineers, or other scientists in laboratory, power generation, or electricity production activities. May operate, maintain, or provide quality control for nuclear testing and research equipment. May monitor radiation.
On the job, you would:
  • Follow nuclear equipment operational policies and procedures that ensure environmental safety.
  • Conduct surveillance testing to determine safety of nuclear equipment.
  • Monitor nuclear reactor equipment performance to identify operational inefficiencies, hazards, or needs for maintenance or repair.

Knowledge

Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • product and service development
Math and Science
  • physics
  • chemistry
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

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

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • read and understand what is written
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • order or arrange things
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

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
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software Hot Technology
  • Structured query language SQL Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Operating system software
  • Linux Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Windows Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$84,190
$53,570
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