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What Do Nuclear Monitoring Technician Do?

Nuclear Monitoring Technician Job Description Collect and test samples to monitor results of nuclear experiments and contamination of humans, facilities, and environment.

Daily Life Of a Nuclear Monitoring Technician

  • Set up equipment that automatically detects area radiation deviations and test detection equipment to ensure its accuracy.
  • Immerse samples in chemical compounds to prepare them for testing.
  • Calculate safe radiation exposure times for personnel using plant contamination readings and prescribed safe levels of radiation.
  • Determine intensities and types of radiation in work areas, equipment, or materials, using radiation detectors or other instruments.
  • Confer with scientists directing projects to determine significant events to monitor during tests.
  • Calibrate and maintain chemical instrumentation sensing elements and sampling system equipment, using calibration instruments and hand tools.

Qualities of a Nuclear Monitoring Technician

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.

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  • Senior Health Physics Technician
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What Kind of Nuclear Monitoring Technician Job Opportunities Are There?

There were about 6,900 jobs for Nuclear Monitoring Technician in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Nuclear Monitoring Technician. The BLS estimates 800 yearly job openings in this field.

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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.

Average Nuclear Monitoring Technicians Salary

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

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

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Nuclear Monitoring Technicians 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

Tools & Technologies Used by Nuclear Monitoring Technicians

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 to Become a Nuclear Monitoring Technician

What education is needed to be a Nuclear Monitoring Technician?

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Where Nuclear Monitoring Technicians Work

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

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