Non-Destructive Testing Specialists
SOC: 17-3029.01


Test the safety of structures, vehicles, or vessels using x-ray, ultrasound, fiber optic or related equipment.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
70,100 employed

Projected (2024):
69,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Industrial Radiographer
  • Non-Destructive Evaluation Specialist
  • Non-Destructive Evaluation Technician
  • Non-Destructive Testing Engineer
  • Non-Destructive Testing Inspector
  • Non-Destructive Testing Scientist
  • Non-Destructive Testing Services Director
  • Non-Destructive Testing Specialist
  • Non-Destructive Testing Supervisor
  • Non-Destructive Testing Technician
  • Nondestructive Tester
  • Predictive Maintenance Specialist
  • Predictive Maintenance Technician
  • Quality Engineer
  • Quality Manager
  • Test Technician

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Supervise or direct the work of non-destructive testing (NDT) trainees or staff.
  • Produce images of objects on film using radiographic techniques.
  • Evaluate material properties, using radio astronomy, voltage and amperage measurement, or rheometric flow measurement.
  • Develop or use new non-destructive testing (NDT) methods such as acoustic emission testing, leak testing, and thermal or infrared testing.
  • Document non-destructive testing (NDT) methods, processes, or results.
  • Map the presence of imperfections within objects using sonic measurements.
  • Make radiographic images to detect flaws in objects while leaving objects intact.
  • Visually examine materials, structures, or components using tools and equipment such as endoscopes, closed circuit television systems, and fiber optics for signs of corrosion, metal fatigue, cracks, or other flaws.
  • Interpret or evaluate test results in accordance with applicable codes, standards, specifications, or procedures.
  • Identify defects in concrete or other building materials, using thermal or infrared testing.
  • Identify defects in solid materials using ultrasonic testing techniques.
  • Select, calibrate, or operate equipment used in the non-destructive testing (NDT) of products or materials.
  • Conduct liquid penetrant tests to locate surface cracks by coating objects with fluorescent dyes, cleaning excess penetrant, and applying developer.
  • Prepare reports on non-destructive testing (NDT) results.
  • Interpret the results of all methods of non-destructive testing (NDT) such as acoustic emission, electromagnetic, leak, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, neutron radiographic, radiographic, thermal or infrared, ultrasonic, vibration analysis, and visual testing.
  • Examine structures or vehicles such as aircraft, trains, nuclear reactors, bridges, dams, and pipelines using non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Acoustic emissions systems
  • Acoustic testers
  • Amp meters
  • Binocular polarizing microscopes
  • Binoculars
  • Black lights
  • Capacitance testers
  • Charge-coupled device CCD cameras
  • Closed circuit television systems
  • Computer assisted tomography CAT inspection equipment
  • Depth gauges
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital micrometers
  • Digital oscilloscopes
  • Digital refractometers
  • Digital video cameras
  • Eddy current inspection equipment
  • Electric hoists
  • Electrical conductivity meters
  • Fiber optic strain sensors
  • Fluorescent microscopes
  • Gamma ray testing equipment
  • Gauss meters
  • Ground penetrating radar GPR systems
  • Handheld accelerometers
  • Handheld sprayers
  • Height gauges
  • Immersion tanks
  • Infrared thermographic scanners
  • Inspection endoscopes
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser alignment tools
  • Light meters
  • Load indenters
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Measuring tapes
  • Metallurgical microscopes
  • Microwave meters
  • Neutron detectors
  • Personal computers
  • Piezoelectric sensors
  • Portable microscopes
  • Power drills
  • Precision rulers
  • Radiation detection badges
  • Recirculating hot air drying ovens
  • Remote reading electronic thermometers
  • Scanning electron microscopes SEM
  • Schmidt rebound hammers
  • Stereo microscopes
  • Telescopes
  • Timing equipment
  • Two-channel oscilloscopes
  • Ultrasound inspection equipment
  • Velocity meters
  • Vernier calipers
  • Vibration analysis equipment
  • Volt meters
  • Width gauges
  • Windsor probes
  • X ray equipment
  • X ray microscopes
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Fractal Concept SoftScan
  • GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies Rhythm UT
  • IBM Notes
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Instruments DAQ Assistant
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • National Instruments NI Motion Assistant
  • National Instruments NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection AI
  • SAP software
  • Visualization Sciences Group VSG Avizo Fire
  • Visualization Sciences Group VSG Open Inventor

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980