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Nuclear Engineers design the equipment and create the operating procedures used in nuclear power plants. They will also research and develop ways that we can benefit from using nuclear energy such as in medical treatments, agriculture, energy and other industries.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this role through a degree, an apprenticeship or a graduate training scheme


You could do a degree in a subject such as:

  • Nuclear engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Maths
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Physics

You will usually need 2 or 3 A levels or equivalent including maths and physics for your degree course

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Graduate Training Scheme

Once you have completed your degree you may be able to get onto a graduate training scheme. Go to Nuclear Graduates for further information


You get into this role through a nuclear scientist or engineering degree apprenticeship

You will usually need 

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including maths and science 
  • A levels or equivalent for a degree apprenticeship

Further information 

The Nuclear Industry Association and Cogent have more information on becoming a nuclear engineer.

For some jobs in the nuclear industry you may need to pass security checks.

Career Path and Progression

You could move into research, or university teaching. You could also work freelance.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Chemical engineer
  • Energy engineer
  • Physicist

Required Skills

  • A strong interest in science and technology
  • Good problem solving and analytical skills
  • Good communication abilities
  • The ability to work well in a team
  • Good planning and organisational abilities

Salary Range

£24,000 to £70,000

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