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Weekly Career Profile: Nuclear Operators

By December 26, 2013

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Six Things to Know About Nuclear Operators:

  • They control the flow of electricity a nuclear power plant generates.
  • They work for local governments and utilities.
  • Because of the vulnerability of nuclear plants, operators are subject to tight security measures.
  • Employment is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2020.
  • Nuclear plant operators must have a high school diploma. They then receive a combination of on-the-job and technical classroom training before taking a mandatory licensing exam.
  • The median annual salary in the United States was $76,590 in 2011. Median hourly earnings were $36.82.

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