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Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

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Operate or control nuclear reactors. Move control rods, start and stop equipment, monitor and adjust controls, and record data in logs. Implement emergency procedures when needed. May respond to abnormalities, determine cause, and recommend corrective action.


  • Overall employment is projected to experience little or no change over the next decade, but job prospects are expected to be excellent for qualified applicants as many workers retire.
  • Several years of classroom and on-the-job training are required to become fully qualified.
  • Familiarity with computers and a basic understanding of science and math are helpful for those entering the field.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $76,590/yr ($38.30/hr)
Job Outlook Below Average
Education High School diploma