Careers in nuclear



Technical professions of the nuclear sector are divided into 16 areas of expertise offering three different types of positions: worker, technician, and engineer. By cross-referencing these categories, a direct link can be established between the current and future needs in skills and the degrees of education that already exist or have to be set up.


  • Project management,
  • Radiation protection,
  • Safety and neutronics,
  • Materials and structure (pressurized equipment, metalworking, nondestructive testing),
  • Waste management,
  • Fluid mechanics,
  • Chemistry and environment,
  • Processes,
  • Tests,
  • Mechanics,
  • Automation, electronics and industrial data processing (control), and instrumentation,
  • Civil engineering and construction,
  • Logistics and construction site management,
  • Planning, scheduling,
  • Pipe work and sheet metal work (welding),
  • Electricity.




The training offer to maintain and develop skills is very diverse in terms of degrees (university degrees, vocational certificates, specific accreditations, etc.), audiences (students, employees, workers in retraining programs, job seekers, etc.), and training providers (vocational high schools, universities, graduate schools, industrial corporations, certification organizations, etc.). Nuclear education can be divided into three categories:


Careers in nuclear


All of these jobs and skills—regardless of the level of education—are necessary to the safe and sustainable development and operation of a nuclear power program. Human capacity building is a collective work that must be undertaken by all the players involved in the development of the nuclear power program: academia, research organizations, safety organizations, and industry.