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Life As a Nuclear Technician

Job Description & Duties Assist nuclear physicists, nuclear engineers, or other scientists in laboratory or production activities. May operate, maintain, or provide quality control for nuclear testing and research equipment. May monitor radiation.

Types of Nuclear Technician

  • Radiation Protection Technician
  • Radiochemical Technician
  • Nuclear Monitoring Technician

Nuclear Technician Employment Estimates

There were about 6,900 jobs for Nuclear Technician in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Nuclear Technician. There will be an estimated 800 positions for Nuclear Technician per year.


The states with the most job growth for Nuclear 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.

What is the Average Salary of a Nuclear Technician

The salary for Nuclear Technicians ranges between about $49,820 and $114,670 a year.


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

How much do Nuclear Technicians make in each U.S. state?

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

Where Nuclear Technicians Work


The table below shows the approximate number of Nuclear Technicians employed by various industries.



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