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Also known as:  Nuclear Monitoring Technician, Nuclear Technician, Radiation Protection Technician, Radiochemical Technician


Nuclear technology is a new field, but it already has a wide range of applications, so nuclear technicians work in a variety of places - for the military, the government, public utilities, private companies, universities, and hospitals. Some have 4-year science and math degrees. Others have two year ...
s of specialized training, earning an associate's degree in applied science.

On the job, nuclear technicians operate nuclear test and research equipment, monitor radiation, or assist nuclear engineers and physicists in research. They might operate remote control equipment to manipulate radioactive materials or materials to be exposed to radioactivity.

Safety procedures must be carefully followed to ensure the risk of exposure to radiation stays low. Often, nuclear processes require round-the-clock attendants, so night and weekend work is common. But the workplace is, by necessity, clean and orderly, and the work itself can be very important to individuals, communities, even nations.
Assist nuclear physicists, nuclear engineers, or other scientists in laboratory or production activities. May operate, maintain, or provide quality control for nuclear testing and research equipment. May monitor radiation.
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