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Life As a Nuclear Technician

Nuclear Technician Job Description Assist nuclear physicists, nuclear engineers, or other scientists in laboratory or production activities. May operate, maintain, or provide quality control for nuclear testing and research equipment. May monitor radiation.

  • Radiation Protection Technician
  • Nuclear Monitoring Technician
  • Radiochemical Technician

Job Outlook for Nuclear Technicians

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 6,900 jobs in the United States for Nuclear Technician. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Nuclear 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 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 Technician

The typical yearly salary for Nuclear Technicians is somewhere between $49,820 and $114,670.


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

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Nuclear 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

Who Employs Nuclear Technicians?


Nuclear Technicians work in the following industries:



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