Nuclear Engineering: Salary, Job Description, How To Become One, and Where to Apply

Nuclear Design Engineering

Nuclear Design Engineer

There are various roles available from Principal to Design Engineer. in all of the Mechanical, EC&I, Analysis, Process and CS&A functions. All roles revolve around the production of designs that satisfy a technical specification. They need to be supported by providing verification and validation of these designs, participating in any radiological and conventional safety reviews and providing relevant required documentation which will be used to take the design from paper to realisation and completion.

Salary: xxxxx per year

Job Satisfaction: Very High

Transferability: Very High

Education: Degree 

Job Growth: High

Personality: xxxx

1. Summary
3. Popular Qualifications
2. Steps to become one
4. How long does it take


  • Education Level: Degree*

  • Field of Study: Engineering / Science*

  • Certification: relevant to the discipline

  • Duration to become one: 1 to 6 years

  • Difficulty to become one: TBD

* there are many routes to finding work in nuclear engineering. A degree is not a prerequisite.

The most traditional one is to leave university, work as a design engineer for six years before moving into a management position becoming charted professionally in parallel. 

Steps to become one

Step One: Gain an academic education.

Depending upon your choice in Step Two, you can decide to pursue a career from Year 11, upon leaving College, or upon Graduating and beyond. Ideally, your subject will be around STEM subjects, such as maths, science, engineering etc.

Step Two: Choose your route into nuclear.

There are many options for you to start your career in nuclear. For example, you can join an apprenticeship straight out of school. In addition, you can join one of the many graduate programmes available or gain experience elsewhere and look to enter the industry as a sector jumper. 

Step Three: Upskill and reskill yourself.

Check out the thousands of live vacancies and review the skills and experience needed to successfully apply for a role focussing on the entry point you have decided in Step Two. Then, work to gain the skills necessary to apply for the position, create a skills-based CV, and apply for any live vacancies. 

Popular Qualifications

Under development.

How long does it take

Under development.

Explore Other Careers

Under development

Find a Engineering Course

Under development