Career outlook for nuclear engineer
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would help keep a nuclear power plant running safely so it produces energy for people to use at home and at work.
- design and build new plants and equipment
- check radiation levels
- carry out repairs
- make sure that the plant obeys the law
- be responsible for security and safety
- manage power station technicians
- plan safe ways of getting rid of nuclear waste
When a nuclear reactor is shut down, you may be involved in decommissioning the site. This means taking down any structures or buildings and making sure that any radioactive waste is safely removed.
You could also use your knowledge of nuclear technology in other areas, such as:
- industrial or academic research and development
- the treatment of diseases, for example cancer
- defence, for example designing and building nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Navy
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- Working with technology
- Problem solving
- Working with numbers
- Attention to detail
- Developing a plan
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