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What Do Nuclear Monitoring Technician Do?

Position Description Collect and test samples to monitor results of nuclear experiments and contamination of humans, facilities, and environment.

Life As a Nuclear Monitoring Technician: What Do They Do?

  • Inform supervisors when individual exposures or area radiation levels approach maximum permissible limits.
  • Decontaminate objects by cleaning with soap or solvents or by abrading with wire brushes, buffing wheels, or sandblasting machines.
  • Monitor personnel to determine the amounts and intensities of radiation exposure.
  • Brief workers on radiation levels in work areas.
  • Calibrate and maintain chemical instrumentation sensing elements and sampling system equipment, using calibration instruments and hand tools.
  • Analyze samples, such as air or water samples, for contaminants or other elements.

Nuclear Monitoring Technician Required Skills

When polled, Nuclear Monitoring Technicians say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Types of Nuclear Monitoring Technician Jobs

  • Nuclear Chemistry Technician
  • Decontaminator
  • Nuclear Technician
  • Instrumentation Control Specialist
  • Scanner

Nuclear Monitoring Technician Employment Estimates

There were about 6,900 jobs for Nuclear Monitoring Technician in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Nuclear Monitoring Technician. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 800 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Nuclear Monitoring Technician are Connecticut, Washington, and Missouri. Watch out if you plan on working in Idaho, Virginia, or Pennsylvania. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Nuclear Monitoring Technician Salary

Nuclear Monitoring Technicians make between $49,820 and $114,670 a year.


Nuclear Monitoring Technicians who work in California, New York, or Pennsylvania, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Nuclear Monitoring Technicians in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
California $95,420
Connecticut $78,300
Florida $88,550
Idaho $73,160
Illinois $84,810
Louisiana $61,080
Mississippi $79,890
New York $95,940
North Carolina $86,300
Ohio $73,210
Pennsylvania $93,380
South Carolina $69,130
Tennessee $86,030
Texas $85,990
Virginia $61,010

What Tools & Technology do Nuclear Monitoring Technicians Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Nuclear Monitoring Technicians may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Word processing software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Wonderware InTouch
  • Connectivity software

How to Become a Nuclear Monitoring Technician

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Image Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Siuta B. Ika via Public domain

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