Nuclear Technician

Nuclear Technicians work in a variety of roles and environments. Some work in labs alongside physicists and engineers doing research while others work in nuclear power generation. Even the role of a nuclear technician can vary based on their position- while some may monitor radiation levels, others collect and test samples, and some even monitor and maintain the equipment necessary for energy generation.

Also known as: Licensed Nuclear Operator, Non-Licensed Nuclear Equipment Operator, Nuclear Equipment Operator, Non-Licensed Nuclear Plant Operator, Radiation Protection Technician

Pay Scale

$99,340 in 2021 in U.S.


High School Diploma, Certification, Associate’s

Projected Opportunities

30 through 2030 in WA

400 through 2031 in U.S.

Career Path

The career path for a nuclear technician begins with education/training through a certification, associate program, or apprenticeship and continues with on-the-job training. Opportunities for advancement include instrument and control technician or mechanical technician, and even further into supervisory positions.

nuclear technician career path

Training & Requirements


Nuclear technicians typically begin with a certification, associate’s degree, or an apprenticeship and continue with on-the-job training.

Required Skills

    • Knowledge of equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective security operations
    • Knowledge of mathematics and proper application
    • Strong communication skills
    • Ability to follow detailed instructions
    • Familiar with technology and computer applications


      • Brief workers on radiation levels in work areas
      • Monitor personnel to determine the amounts and intensities of radiation exposure
      • Follow nuclear equipment operational procedures that ensure environmental safety
      • Test plant equipment to ensure proper operation