Also known as Auxiliary Operator, Equipment Operator, Licensed Nuclear Operator, Non-Licensed Nuclear Equipment Operator (NLO), Non-Licensed Nuclear Plant Operator (NLO), Nuclear Auxiliary Operator, Nuclear Equipment Operator (NEO), Nuclear Plant Equipment Operator (NAPEO), Operations Technician, Systems Operator
Also known as Auxiliary Operator, Equipment Operator, Licensed Nuclear Operator
Nuclear Technicians assist nuclear physicists, nuclear engineers, or other scientists in laboratory, power generation, or electricity production activities.
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Nuclear Technicians are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Nuclear Technicians. More generally, Nuclear Technicians are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Nuclear Technician is $84,190, and the average salary is $83,810. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Nuclear Technician salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Nuclear Technicians earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Nuclear Technicians earn less than $53,570 per year, 25% earn less than $65,650, 75% earn less than $100,260, and 90% earn less than $116,680.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Nuclear Technicians is expected to change by -12.1%, and there should be roughly 700 open positions for Nuclear Technicians every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Nuclear Technician are usually higher in their Realistic, Conventional, and Investigative interests.
Nuclear Technicians typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Nuclear Technicians typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Lastly, Nuclear Technicians typically have strong Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Nuclear Technician tend to value Support, Working Conditions, and Relationships.
Most importantly, Nuclear Technicians very strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Nuclear Technicians moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Lastly, Nuclear Technicians moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Nuclear Technicians must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, integrity, and dependability.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Nuclear Technicians, ranked by importance:
Nuclear Technicians often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Nuclear Technicians usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Nuclear Technicians may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as public safety and security, mechanical, or physics knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Nuclear Technicians might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Nuclear Technicians must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Nuclear Technicians need abilities such as inductive reasoning, information ordering, and perceptual speed in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Nuclear Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Nuclear Technicians frequently use skills like monitoring, active listening, and operations monitoring to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Nuclear Technicians, ranked by their relative importance.
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