Nuclear Engineering Career Overview
The median salaries annual earnings of mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers, were $61,770 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $48,250 and $77,160. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,720, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $93,660.
According to a 2003 salary survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, bachelor’s degree candidates in mining and mineral engineering (including geological) received starting offers averaging $44,326 a year.
In 2002, nuclear engineers were employed in around 16,000 jobs. Half of these were in the utilities sector, one-quarter were employed by professional, scientific, and technical services firms, and 14 percent were hired by the Federal Government. A large number of nuclear engineers employed by the Federal Government work as civilians in the U.S. Navy, while the remaining were employed by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Nuclear Engineering Job and Employment Opportunitiees
It is predicted that profitable job opportunities are available for nuclear engineers because the small quantity of nuclear engineering graduates are expected to equal the number of job openings. Due to the fact that nuclear engineering is a relatively small occupation, the predicted increase in employment will open some avenues for jobs but job opportunities will mainly be a result of retirement and transfers of existing engineers.
Almost scant or no growth is expected in the employment of nuclear engineers through 2012. Cost as well as safety issues are dissuading public support of nuclear power and research and as such no new commercial nuclear power plants have been constructed in this country for a long time. However, nuclear engineers will be in demand in order to run the existing nuclear plants, industries and research. Also, nuclear engineers will be expected to continue R&D activities, mainly to develop future nuclear power sources. Nuclear technology, especially in defense related areas, will also attract nuclear engineering graduates. The current concern over the improvement and enforcement of waste management and safety regulations will also increase demand for such engineers.
Historical Earnings Information
In 2002, the median salaries received by nuclear engineers were $81,350 annually. The middle 50 percent received salaries which lay between $67,970 and $92,930. The lowest 10 percent received salaries which were below $58,350, and the highest 10 percent received salaries above $111,260. In 2002, nuclear engineers who were employed in supervisory and non-supervisory as well as in management jobs by the Federal Government received average salaries of $73,769 a year.
In a 2003 salary survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, nuclear engineers with a bachelor’s degree received starting salaries of $50,104 on an average in a year.
Seasoned engineers may earn more.
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