Nuclear power is now seen as a crucial element in the solution to energy supply security. As such, the sector will see unprecedented demand for nuclear expertise, with engineers, scientists, managers and business experts all essential to the future of the sector.

The nuclear industry is diverse, encompassing decommissioning, health and safety, inspection and environmental protection. With many people employed by the industry approaching retirement, this is an excellent time to access the excellent opportunities on offer.

Career Opportunities

Nuclear Engineer

If you have good problem-solving and organisational skills, and you’re able to manage projects, budgets and people, this is the ideal role for you. Producing energy for business and domestic use, your day-to-day duties would range from designing and building new plants and equipment to monitoring and measuring radiation levels. Starting salaries range from £24,000 to £29,000.

Environmental Consultant

If you have excellent communication and scientific skills, good commercial awareness and the ability to use your initiative, this career could be for you. Most environmental consultants work for consultancy firms, with some specialising in one field. Typical tasks might range from exploring the suitability of development sites to responding to environmental accidents. Starting salaries average £22,000.

Safety Inspector

This role would suit someone with excellent communication and negotiation skills, good problem-solving ability and an understanding of technology. You would be responsible for ensuring employers comply with all aspects of health and safety laws by inspecting business premises, advising employers, investigating accidents, and through enforcement of the law. Starting salaries average £25,000.

The following career routes are also available:

  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle Manager
  • Nuclear Waste Management
  • Head of Nuclear Services
  • Nuclear Assessor
  • Nuclear Inspector
  • Decommissioning Technician
  • Environmental Auditor
  • Safety Manager

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Did you know that...

Graduates entering the energy and utilities sector can expect a median salary of £32,500.

High Fliers' The Graduate Market in 2016 report

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