Career Path Forecast
to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
nuclear engineers are expected to have employment growth of 11 percent
between 2008 and 2018, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Most job growth will be in research and development and engineering
services. Although no commercial nuclear power plants have been built in
the United States for many years, increased interest in nuclear power as
an energy source will spur demand for nuclear engineers to research and
develop new designs for reactors.
also will be needed to work in defense-related areas, to develop nuclear
medical technology, and to improve and enforce waste management and
safety standards. Nuclear engineers are expected to have good employment
opportunities because the small number of nuclear engineering graduates
is likely to be in rough balance with the number of job openings.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the
American Nuclear Society, and the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.