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19-4051.02 - Nuclear Monitoring Technicians

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

Sample of reported job titles: Chemistry Technician, Health Physics Technician (HP Technician), Nuclear Chemistry Technician, Radiation Control Technician (Radcon Technician), Radiation Protection Specialist (RP Specialist), Radiation Protection Technician (RP Technician), Radiation Technician, Radiochemical Technician, Senior Health Physics Technician, Senior Radiation Protection Technician

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


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

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Beta gauge measuring systems — Tritium/Noble gas monitors
Calorimeters — Cryogenic microcalorimeters
Cryostats
Dosimeters — Dose rate monitors; Neutron dose-rate meters; Whole body counters
Electron microscopes
Frequency analyzers — Digital signal analyzers; Digital spectrum analyzers
Gamma counters — Area gamma monitors; Gamma ray detectors; Sodium Iodide NaI scintillation detectors
Geiger counters — Geiger-Muller counters
Liquid scintillation counters
Protective coveralls
Protective gloves
Radiation detectors — Digital ratemeters; Neutron detectors; Portable survey radiation meters; Radiological detectors (see all 10 examples)
Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus
Respirators — Air purifying respirators; Airline respirators; Atmosphere supplying respirators; Pressure demand respirators
Spectrometers — Gamma ray spectrometers; Multichannel analyzers; Portable spectroscopes

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Gamma waste assay system GWAS software; Radiological assessment display and control system RADACS; RESRAD *
Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

See all 29 T2 categories

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
57   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
57   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
54   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
52   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
51   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
50   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
45   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
43   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
38   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
37   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
36   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
35   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
32   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
31   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
30   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
22   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
22   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
20   Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
20   Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
20   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
19   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
17   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
13   Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
11   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
11   Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
 Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
72   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
72   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
72   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
69   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
69   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
63   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
60   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
56   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
53   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
53   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
53   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
53   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
53   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
53   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
50   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
50   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
50   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
50   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
47   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
47   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
44   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
44   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
44   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
44   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
38   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
28   Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
25   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
25   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
16   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
16   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
13   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
13   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
  Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
78   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
75   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
75   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
75   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
75   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
72   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
72   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
69   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
69   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
69   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
66   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
63   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
63   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
60   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
53   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
53   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
53   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
50   Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
50   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
50   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
50   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
50   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
47   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
47   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
47   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
47   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
44   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
44   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
44   Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
44   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
41   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
31   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
31   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
28   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
28   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
28   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
28   Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
28   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
28   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
28   Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
25   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
25   Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
25   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
25   Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
25   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
19   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
  Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
 Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
 Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
86   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • Record research or operational data.
85   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Collaborate on research activities with scientists or technical specialists.
  • Communicate safety or hazard information to others.
84   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
84   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
82   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
81   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
76   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
74   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
73   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Analyze environmental data.
72   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
70   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
68   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
68   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
66   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Measure radiation levels.
65   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
62   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
60   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
59   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
57   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
56   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Clean objects.
54   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures.
53   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Advise others on management of emergencies or hazardous situations or materials.
52   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
52   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
51   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
51   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
50   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
49   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
47   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
46   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
44   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
43   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
  • Collect environmental data or samples.
  • Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis.
  • Set up laboratory or field equipment.
42   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
40   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
37   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
33   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
33   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  • Maintain laboratory or technical equipment.
32   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
30   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
21   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
15   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context
Percentage of Top Responses
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


98     Every day
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


96     Every day
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


86     Every day
13     Once a week or more but not every day
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


83     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


78     Every day
17     Once a week or more but not every day
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


65     Extremely important
29     Very important
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


64     Extremely important
33     Very important
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


68     Every day
26     Once a week or more but not every day
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


68     Very high responsibility
20     High responsibility
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


54     Constant contact with others
34     Contact with others most of the time
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


66     More than 40 hours
34     40 hours
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


39     Extremely important
43     Very important
14     Important
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


33     Every day
49     Once a week or more but not every day
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


45     Every day
25     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
12     Once a year or more but not every month
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


25     Every day
45     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


29     Every day
41     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Once a year or more but not every month
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


64     Moderately close (at arm's length)
28     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


39     Extremely serious
30     Very serious
14     Not serious at all
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?


32     Very important results
27     Important results
20     Moderate results
21     Minor results
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


15     A lot of freedom
44     Some freedom
36     Limited freedom
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


27     Extremely important
40     Very important
13     Important
13     Fairly important
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


30     A lot of freedom
23     Some freedom
31     Limited freedom
13     Very little freedom
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


27     Very high responsibility
18     High responsibility
40     Moderate responsibility
11     Limited responsibility
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


19     Every day
34     Once a week or more but not every day
29     Once a month or more but not every week
15     Once a year or more but not every month
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


29     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
28     Once a month or more but not every week
18     Once a year or more but not every month
11     Never
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


17     Every day
35     Once a week or more but not every day
25     Once a month or more but not every week
16     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


11     Every day
39     Once a week or more but not every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
17     Once a year or more but not every month
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


16     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Once a year or more but not every month
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


18     Every day
24     Once a week or more but not every day
29     Once a month or more but not every week
20     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


11     Every day
31     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
28     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


42     More than half the time
16     About half the time
27     Less than half the time
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


12     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
37     Once a month or more but not every week
15     Once a year or more but not every month
13     Never
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


27     Once a week or more but not every day
34     Once a month or more but not every week
15     Once a year or more but not every month
13     Never
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


22     More than half the time
55     About half the time
22     Less than half the time
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


13     More than half the time
54     About half the time
28     Less than half the time
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


20     Once a week or more but not every day
32     Once a month or more but not every week
26     Once a year or more but not every month
13     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


28     Once a week or more but not every day
20     Once a month or more but not every week
37     Once a year or more but not every month
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


28     Once a week or more but not every day
27     Once a month or more but not every week
26     Once a year or more but not every month
15     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


28     Once a week or more but not every day
33     Once a month or more but not every week
26     Once a year or more but not every month
14     Never
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


18     Extremely important
26     Very important
12     Fairly important
37     Not important at all
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


14     Highly competitive
44     Moderately competitive
22     Slightly competitive
17     Not at all competitive
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


12     Every day
27     Once a month or more but not every week
31     Once a year or more but not every month
21     Never
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


11     More than half the time
28     About half the time
58     Less than half the time
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


17     Once a week or more but not every day
29     Once a month or more but not every week
32     Once a year or more but not every month
22     Never
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


22     About half the time
62     Less than half the time
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


13     About half the time
71     Less than half the time
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


11     Every day
34     Once a year or more but not every month
39     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


35     Moderately automated
36     Slightly automated
29     Not at all automated
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


12     About half the time
76     Less than half the time
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


85     Less than half the time
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


11     Once a month or more but not every week
35     Once a year or more but not every month
52     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


48     Less than half the time
50     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


21     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
79     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


11     Important
79     Not important at all
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


25     Once a year or more but not every month
71     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


27     Once a year or more but not every month
69     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


27     Once a year or more but not every month
73     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience 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.
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.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
29   Associate's degree
27   High school diploma or equivalent Help
17   Post-secondary certificate Help

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Engineering — Nuclear Engineering Technology/Technician
Physics/Astronomy — Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
89   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
72   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
61   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
39   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
90   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
88   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
84   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
72   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
70   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
69   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
67   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
67   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
62   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
62   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
60   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
60   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
59   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
58   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
47   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
47   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
100   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
67   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
61   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
56   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
56   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
45   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Nuclear Technicians.
Employment data collected from Nuclear Technicians.
Industry data collected from Nuclear Technicians.

Median wages (2013) $34.91 hourly, $72,610 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 8,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 4,100
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Utilities (50% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Nuclear Technicians external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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