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15 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
0 Master's Degrees Annually
#311 in Popularity
$79,970 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Nuclear & Radiological Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many nuclear and radiological technicians graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 169
Basic Certificate 83
Undergraduate Certificate 78
Bachelor’s Degree 15

What Nuclear & Radiological Technology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to nuclear 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 Tech Majors

Nuclear Tech majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Skills for Nuclear Tech Majors

A major in nuclear tech prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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

Abilities for Nuclear Tech Majors

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

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • 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).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear & Radiological Technology?

15 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
7% Percent Women
13% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 15 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nuclear and radiological technicians in 2019, making it rank #311 in popularity. This major tends to be male dominated. About 93% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nuclear Tech Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 13
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do Nuclear & Radiological Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $79,970 to $95,310 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to nuclear tech. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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.

Median Salary for a Nuclear & Radiological Technology Major  ( 79970 to 95310 )
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Some degrees associated with nuclear tech may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to nuclear tech have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 35.3%
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) 16.9%
Some College Courses 8.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 26.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 12.9%

Online Nuclear & Radiological Technology Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 schools offered some type of nuclear and radiological technicians program. 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) 6 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 7 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 20 2
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 6 1
Master’s Degree 1 0
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 & Radiological Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a nuclear 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 tech.

Major Number of Grads
Physical Science Technicians 3,562
Other Science Technologies/Technicians 2,627
Biology & Biotech Lab Technician 738
General Science Technologies/Technicians 176

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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