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Nuclear Engineer

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Nuclear engineers develop and apply nuclear energy for a variety of purposes, including power generation and defence. Some produce radioactive materials for medical purposes. Nuclear engineers encompass all disciplines of engineering including civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical and industrial, as well as specialist disciplines such as nuclear safety case, health/radiation physics, shielding, reactor physics and waste engineering.

The Work

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Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for nuclear engineers at graduate entry is usually around £25,000 to £28,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £30,000 to £50,000 a year. More senior engineers can earn from £65,000 a year.

Graduates in the 'nucleargraduates' scheme earn £25,000 a year in year one and £26,000 in year two. They also receive a £1000 'Golden Hello' bonus.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Jobs in nuclear engineering are relatively small in number. They are advertised in the national press, on the internet and through specialist agencies such as nuclearworks and nuclearsector jobs. Short term contracts are quite common and some nuclear engineers work on a freelance basis.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
7879
1.4 %
RISE
2023
7986
  United Kingdom
2018
79119
2.2 %
RISE
2023
80825

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

nucleargraduates is a scheme designed by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and involves a number of sponsors and partners. It aims to meet to workforce needs of the nuclear industry by employing and training graduates. See the nucleargraduates website for details.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Cogent
Tel: 01925 515200
Website: http://www.cogentskills.com
Website (2): http://www.sciencecareerpathways.com
Twitter: @cogent_skills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CogentStudents

Cogent is the Sector Skills Council for the chemical, nuclear, oil and gas extraction, petroleum and polymer industries.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

EngineeringUK
Tel: 020 3206 0400
Website: http://www.engineeringuk.com
Twitter: @_EngineeringUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TomorrowsEngineers

Nuclear Institute
Tel: 020 3475 4701
E-mail: admin@nuclearinst.com
Website: http://www.nuclearinst.com
Twitter: @NuclearInst

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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