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How dangerous is the career of being a Nuclear engineer?. How much school was required.?

I need to know so i can know how many years i will be school for and if training is needed. Also, what is the income and positive outcome of the job.

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Dağıstan’s Answer

Hi Cheyenne, I am glad you are interested in Nuclear Engineering. I am a Nuclear Engineer/Scientist working at the NIST. First of all, in many fields, engineers do not perform most of the physical work, hence the risks for health and safety are relatively low. In Nuclear Energy field, the safety precautions are much higher than in many other industries. If you look online, https://www.nei.org/resources/statistics/us-nuclear-industrial-safety-accident-rate you can see the rate is extremely low. Schooling; you would need at least a BS from a reputable university, I would suggest graduate degree. Most of the time graduate students in Nuclear Engineering are paid by grants, so you would not need to worry about loans etc, just keep your GPA more than 3.5. There is an exponentially growing demand to Nuclear Engineers now and in the future. Nuclear provides a reliable, zero carbon emission power. It is also the main prospect source for space applications, https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-announces-nuclear-thermal-propulsion-reactor-concept-awards/.
Income would be around 130 average
https://www.google.com/search?q=nuclear+engineer+income&rlz=1C1GGRV_enUS935US935&oq=nuclear+engineer+income&aqs=chrome..69i57j0i390l5.4007j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&safe=active&ssui=on

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Mohamed’s Answer

When you perform your job, even if it's nuclear engineering, you don't have to be scared. Just try to work as you should while following the instructions and what you are asked to do. Personally I can say that engineering is a noble disciple and you have to be smart and pay attention to what you are doing.
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ABDOU’s Answer

Hi there,
If you are working on a firm of engineering consultants specialising in nuclear technologies, it is totally safe. If you are an engineer in site nuclear, there is a risk of an accident but as long as you follow the safety and security rules it is totally safe too :).
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