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Nuclear Engineering

175 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
1 Master's Degrees Annually
#257 in Popularity
$79,970 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Nuclear Engineering Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many nuclear engineering technology graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 175
Associate’s Degree 111
Undergraduate Certificate 31
Master’s Degree 1

What Nuclear Engineering Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to nuclear engineering tech and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Nuclear Engineering Tech Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Skills for Nuclear Engineering Tech Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to nuclear engineering tech:

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  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Nuclear Engineering Tech Majors

As a nuclear engineering tech major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering?

175 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
7% Percent Women
38% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 175 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering technology in 2018, making it rank #257 in popularity. This major attracts more men than women. About 93% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of nuclear engineering tech majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nuclear Engineering Tech Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8
Black or African American 34
Hispanic or Latino 17
White 108
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 8

How Much Do Nuclear Engineering Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that nuclear engineering technology students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $89,100 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $89,100 (25th percentile) and $89,100 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to nuclear engineering tech.

Salaries According to BLS

Nuclear Engineering Tech majors often go into careers with median salaries of $79,970. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with nuclear engineering tech may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for nuclear engineering tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 30.8%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 18.5%
Some College Courses 7.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 37.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 6.5%

Online Nuclear Engineering Programs

In 2017-2018, 16 schools offered a nuclear engineering tech program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 2 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 13 3
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 2 1
Master’s Degree 2 2
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Nuclear Engineering Worth It?

The median salary for a nuclear engineering tech grad is $79,970 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 100% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $801,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to nuclear engineering tech.

Major Number of Grads
Industrial Production Technology 14,418
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10,842
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,032
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,880
Environmental Control Technology 9,388
Mechanical Engineering Technology 7,628
Engineering-Related Fields 6,673
Quality Control Technology 4,467
Computer Engineering Technology 4,406
General Engineering Technology 4,049
Construction Engineering Technology 3,497
Engineering Technology (Other) 1,906
Civil Engineering Technology 1,526
Architectural Engineering Technology 1,236
Mining & Petroleum Technology 976
Engineering-Related Technologies 859
Nanotechnology 152

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