Nuclear Monitoring Technicians
SOC: 19-4051.02


Collect and test samples to monitor results of nuclear experiments and contamination of humans, facilities, and environment.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
6,800 employed

Projected (2024):
6,400 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:

  • Cathodic Protection Technician
  • Chemical Radiation Technician
  • Chemistry Technician
  • Decontaminator
  • Health Physics Technician (HP Technician)
  • Metallographic Technician
  • Nuclear Chemistry Technician
  • Nuclear Technician
  • Nuclear Technician Research and Development
  • Nuclear Worker Technician
  • Radiation / Chemistry Technician
  • Radiation Control Specialist
  • Radiation Control Technician (Radcon Technician)
  • Radiation Monitor
  • Radiation Protection Specialist (RP Specialist)
  • Radiation Protection Technician (RP Tech)
  • Radiation Protection Technician (RP Technician)
  • Radiation Protection Technician (RPT)
  • Radiation Technician
  • Radiochemical Technician
  • Scanner
  • Senior Health Physics Technician
  • Senior Radiation Protection Technician
  • Systems Protection Technician

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Calculate safe radiation exposure times for personnel using plant contamination readings and prescribed safe levels of radiation.
  • Provide initial response to abnormal events or to alarms from radiation monitoring equipment.
  • Monitor personnel to determine the amounts and intensities of radiation exposure.
  • Inform supervisors when individual exposures or area radiation levels approach maximum permissible limits.
  • Instruct personnel in radiation safety procedures and demonstrate use of protective clothing and equipment.
  • Determine intensities and types of radiation in work areas, equipment, or materials, using radiation detectors or other instruments.
  • Collect samples of air, water, gases, or solids to determine radioactivity levels of contamination.
  • Set up equipment that automatically detects area radiation deviations and test detection equipment to ensure its accuracy.
  • Determine or recommend radioactive decontamination procedures, according to the size and nature of equipment and the degree of contamination.
  • Decontaminate objects by cleaning with soap or solvents or by abrading with wire brushes, buffing wheels, or sandblasting machines.
  • Calibrate and maintain chemical instrumentation sensing elements and sampling system equipment, using calibration instruments and hand tools.
  • Enter data into computers to record characteristics of nuclear events or to locate coordinates of particles.
  • Operate manipulators from outside cells to move specimens into or out of shielded containers, to remove specimens from cells, or to place specimens on benches or equipment work stations.
  • Prepare reports describing contamination tests, material or equipment decontaminated, or methods used in decontamination processes.
  • Confer with scientists directing projects to determine significant events to monitor during tests.
  • Immerse samples in chemical compounds to prepare them for testing.
  • Brief workers on radiation levels in work areas.
  • Analyze samples, such as air or water samples, for contaminants or other elements.
  • Place radioactive waste, such as sweepings or broken sample bottles, into containers for shipping or disposal.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air purifying respirators
  • Air sampling devices
  • Airline respirators
  • Alpha air monitors
  • Alpha/beta counting systems
  • Alpha/beta surface contamination monitors
  • Area gamma monitors
  • Atmosphere supplying respirators
  • Contamination probes
  • Cryogenic microcalorimeters
  • Cryostats
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital ratemeters
  • Digital signal analyzers
  • Digital spectrum analyzers
  • Dose rate monitors
  • Electron microscopes
  • Gamma ray detectors
  • Gamma ray spectrometers
  • Geiger-Muller counters
  • Ionization chambers
  • Liquid scintillation counters
  • Multichannel analyzers
  • Neutron detectors
  • Neutron dose-rate meters
  • Neutron spectrometers
  • Nuclear moisture/density gauges
  • Personal computers
  • Portable data collectors
  • Portable spectroscopes
  • Portable survey radiation meters
  • Portal monitors
  • Pressure demand respirators
  • Proportional counters
  • Protective coveralls
  • Protective gloves
  • Protective shoe covers
  • Radiological detectors
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Sodium Iodide NaI scintillation detectors
  • Thermoluminescent dosimeters
  • Tritium/Noble gas monitors
  • Whole body counters
  • Gamma waste assay system GWAS software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Radiological assessment display and control system RADACS

  • life physical and social science

    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220