Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

3.4/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $50.12 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 73% (Robots are watching)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Nuclear Power Reactor Operators' job openings is expected to decline by -26.8% by 2031
'Nuclear Power Reactor Operators' is expected to be a very slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Nuclear Power Reactor Operators' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Nuclear Power Reactor Operators' was $104,260, or $50.12 hourly
'Nuclear Power Reactor Operators' are paid 127.8% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as nuclear power reactor operators?

As of 2021 there were 4,820 people employed as Nuclear Power Reactor Operators within the United States.
This represents around 0.003% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 29 thousand people are employed as Nuclear Power Reactor Operators.

Job description

Operate or control nuclear reactors. Move control rods, start and stop equipment, monitor and adjust controls, and record data in logs. Implement emergency procedures when needed. May respond to abnormalities, determine cause, and recommend corrective action.

SOC Code: 51-8011.00


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James (No chance) says
The nuclear plants that are operational need at least a few humans around to ensure the computers are operating properly.

Nuclear safety goes away if nobody can monitor the machines.
Feb 07, 2021 at 01:09 PM
zain says
I scared job go bye bye
Aug 05, 2019 at 02:46 AM
Tm (No chance) says
They are already managing massively automated systems. Most regulatory bodies require operators to be at a plant at all times. They have essentially been automated already.
Jul 27, 2019 at 07:54 PM
Cumbia Dubstep says
I think the thing about AI is that it does not need to be perfect but just better than humans.
Jun 16, 2021 at 05:42 PM

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