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What is a Nuclear Monitoring Technician?

Occupation Description Collect and test samples to monitor results of nuclear experiments and contamination of humans, facilities, and environment.

What Do Nuclear Monitoring Technicians Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Provide initial response to abnormal events or to alarms from radiation monitoring equipment.
  • Instruct personnel in radiation safety procedures and demonstrate use of protective clothing and equipment.
  • Determine intensities and types of radiation in work areas, equipment, or materials, using radiation detectors or other instruments.
  • Immerse samples in chemical compounds to prepare them for testing.
  • Monitor personnel to determine the amounts and intensities of radiation exposure.
  • Calibrate and maintain chemical instrumentation sensing elements and sampling system equipment, using calibration instruments and hand tools.

Nuclear Monitoring Technician Needed Skills

Below is a list of the skills most Nuclear Monitoring Technicians say are important on the job.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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.

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

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Types of Nuclear Monitoring Technician

  • Metallographic Technician
  • Radiation Control Technician (Radcon Technician)
  • Nuclear Worker Technician
  • Cathodic Protection Technician
  • Radiation Technician

Job Outlook for Nuclear Monitoring Technicians

In the United States, there were 6,900 jobs for Nuclear Monitoring Technician in 2016. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Nuclear Monitoring Technician. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 800 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Nuclear Monitoring Technician are Connecticut, Washington, and Missouri. Watch out if you plan on working in Idaho, Virginia, or Pennsylvania. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Nuclear Monitoring Technician

The salary for Nuclear Monitoring Technicians ranges between about $49,820 and $114,670 a year.


Nuclear Monitoring Technicians who work in California, New York, or Pennsylvania, make the highest salaries.

How much do Nuclear Monitoring Technicians make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
California $95,420
Connecticut $78,300
Florida $88,550
Idaho $73,160
Illinois $84,810
Louisiana $61,080
Mississippi $79,890
New York $95,940
North Carolina $86,300
Ohio $73,210
Pennsylvania $93,380
South Carolina $69,130
Tennessee $86,030
Texas $85,990
Virginia $61,010

What Tools & Technology do Nuclear Monitoring Technicians Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Nuclear Monitoring Technicians may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Word processing software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Wonderware InTouch
  • Connectivity software

How do I Become a Nuclear Monitoring Technician?

What education or degrees do I need to become a Nuclear Monitoring Technician?


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Who Employs Nuclear Monitoring Technicians?


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Image Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Siuta B. Ika via Public domain

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