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Working as a Nuclear Operator

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a nuclear operator. For example, did you know that they make an average of $21.13 an hour? That's $43,945 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow -6% and produce -3,100 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Nuclear Operator Do

There are certain skills that many nuclear operators have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed dexterity, mechanical skills and detail oriented.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a nuclear operator, we found that a lot of resumes listed 15.0% of nuclear operators included nuclear power, while 14.0% of resumes included electrical systems, and 7.2% of resumes included propulsion plant. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become a Nuclear Operator

If you're interested in becoming a nuclear operator, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 60.0% of nuclear operators have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 10.0% of nuclear operators have master's degrees. Even though most nuclear operators have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a nuclear operator. When we researched the most common majors for a nuclear operator, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or associate degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on nuclear operator resumes include high school diploma degrees or master's degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a nuclear operator. In fact, many nuclear operator jobs require experience in a role such as work center supervisor. Meanwhile, many nuclear operators also have previous career experience in roles such as machinist mate or instructor.

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Average Salary$43,945
Job Growth Rate-6%

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Average Salary for a Nuclear Operator

Nuclear Operators in America make an average salary of $43,945 per year or $21 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $54,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $35,000 per year.
Average Salary
$43,945

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Nuclear Operator
Nuclear Operator
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
09/26/2019
09/26/2019
$88,03009/26/2019
$88,030
Nuclear Operator
Nuclear Operator
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
09/26/2019
09/26/2019
$88,03009/26/2019
$88,030

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Nuclear Operator Demographics

Gender

male

86.7%

female

8.8%

unknown

4.6%

Ethnicity

White

72.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Black or African American

9.8%

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Indonesian

16.7%

Japanese

16.7%
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Nuclear Operator Education

Degrees

Bachelors

60.0%

Associate

13.0%

High School Diploma

13.0%

Top Colleges for Nuclear Operators

1. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Tuition and fees
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

2. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Tuition and fees
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

3. Boston University

Boston, MA

Tuition and fees
$53,948
Enrollment
17,238

4. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL

Tuition and fees
$15,094
Enrollment
32,974

5. Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

Tuition and fees
$12,424
Enrollment
15,201

6. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

Tuition and fees
$53,880
Enrollment
6,590

7. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Tuition and fees
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

8. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Tuition and fees
$55,188
Enrollment
15,105

9. Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA

Tuition and fees
$18,454
Enrollment
40,108

10. Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY

Tuition and fees
$59,430
Enrollment
8,216
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Top Skills For a Nuclear Operator

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 15.0% of nuclear operators listed nuclear power on their resume, but soft skills such as dexterity and mechanical skills are important as well.

  • Nuclear Power, 15.0%
  • Electrical Systems, 14.0%
  • Propulsion Plant, 7.2%
  • Procedures, 7.1%
  • Successful Completion, 7.0%
  • Other Skills, 49.7%
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Top Nuclear Operator Employers

1. U.S. Navy
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$53,690
Nuclear Operators Hired: 
130+
2. Entergy
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$53,213
Nuclear Operators Hired: 
7+
3. US Army
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$53,674
Nuclear Operators Hired: 
4+
4. Duke Energy
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$54,773
Nuclear Operators Hired: 
4+
5. P G& E
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$68,679
Nuclear Operators Hired: 
3+
6. Exelon
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$73,177
Nuclear Operators Hired: 
3+

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Updated October 2, 2020