Nuclear Engineers

risk level
Based on 122 votes
-11.1 %
by year 2032
or $60.31 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

15% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Persuasion

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

21% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 15% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Nuclear Engineers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Nuclear Engineers' job openings is expected to decline 11.1% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Nuclear Engineers' was $125,460, or $60 per hour

'Nuclear Engineers' were paid 161.0% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 12,710 people employed as 'Nuclear Engineers' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 11 thousand people are employed as 'Nuclear Engineers'.

Job description

Conduct research on nuclear engineering projects or apply principles and theory of nuclear science to problems concerned with release, control, and use of nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal.

SOC Code: 17-2161.00


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j (No chance) says
Nuclear engineers are required to develope nuclear fusion, and if AI gets a single thing about a nuclear reaction wrong the whole thing will go up in flames.
Jun 13, 2024 at 01:27 AM
Matt says
May 20, 2024 at 12:28 AM
Billy Auger (Low) says
Would people really trust a robot to run a nuclear reactor? I don't think so.
Apr 03, 2024 at 03:08 PM
Husain Lokhandwala (No chance) says
No chance because nuclear engineers have ideas and theory, and are creative, which robots cannot use ideas and theory for experiments very likely, and even less likely to be able to be creative. Robots only can do continuous things, and nuclear engineers do a variety of tasks.
Dec 22, 2020 at 03:50 AM

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