Nuclear Engineering


Career Description

Safely harnessing the power of the atom to produce energy or to diagnose and treat medical problems is the work of the nuclear engineer. As a nuclear engineer, you may work on nuclear reactors that generate power for large cities, submarines, or even space ships. Your work may involve researching the nuclear fuel cycle from production to the safe disposal of nuclear waste. Or you might explore the development of fusion energy. Or you might work in nuclear medicine, developing machines that image the human body and destroy cancer cells.

Salary

Median
$102,950
Lowest
$66,650
Highest
$152,220

Projects

Design PET scanners, X-ray, and MRI machines to help diagnose a patient’s illness
Develop ways to use radiation to produce and preserve food supplies
Operate and support nuclear energy systems to reduce environmental pollution from fossil fuels
Develop power sources that fuel satellites and deep space probes
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