Radiation Protection Engineer

Occupation Information table
Overview: Radiation protection engineers supervise the activities of workers in nuclear power plants that generate electricity. They sample water, radiation quantities and contaminated waste to assure the safety of workers, the plant and the surrounding lands.
Duties: Design methods for detecting corrosion of equipment used and the chemical analysis of water used for cooling of systems that generate nuclear energy according to government regulations.

They investigate causes of excessive radiation or corrosion to determine whether the causes are due to engineering design problems or improper usage of equipment by power plant workers.

They design training programs for workers to assure their avoidance of radiation and to reduce the possibility of human errors that can cause hazards to the public.

They design emergency procedures for shutting down power plant processes in the event of any radiation hazards that cannot be brought under control. Conduct drills to test worker knowledge.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to decline by 2% or more from 2018 to 2028. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.
Salary Range (National Average): $46,000 to $51,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A college degree with a strong major in physics coupled with industrial health sciences is the usual educational background required for this occupation. Courses in occupational safety and health, chemistry and computer applications are essential. Most states require certification by passing a written examination.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Watching gauges and any other types of indicators to make sure equipment is running properly.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

* For New York green job information .

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.