Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

risk level
Based on 65 votes
-26.8 %
by year 2032
or $57.86 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

73% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

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

  • Originality

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

58% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 73% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

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


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Nuclear Power Reactor Operators' job openings is expected to decline 26.8% 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 Power Reactor Operators' was $120,350, or $57 per hour

'Nuclear Power Reactor Operators' were paid 150.4% 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 5,760 people employed as 'Nuclear Power Reactor Operators' within the United States.

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

Put another way, around 1 in 26 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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