Collect and test samples to monitor results of nuclear experiments and contamination of humans, facilities, and environment.
- Alara Technician
- Chemical Radiation Technician
- Chemistry Technician
- Health Physics Technician (HP Technician)
- Nuclear Chemistry Technician
- Nuclear Technician Research and Development
- Radiation / Chemistry Technician
- Radiation Control Technician (Radcon Technician)
- Radiation Monitor
- Immerse samples in chemical compounds to prepare them for testing.
- Confer with scientists directing projects to determine significant events to monitor during tests.
- 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.
- 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.
- Test materials' physical, chemical, or metallurgical properties, using equipment such as tensile testers, hardness testers, metallographic units, micrometers, or gauges.
- Decontaminate objects by cleaning with soap or solvents or by abrading with wire brushes, buffing wheels, or sandblasting machines.
- Place radioactive waste, such as sweepings and broken sample bottles, into containers for disposal.
- Determine or recommend radioactive decontamination procedures, according to the size and nature of equipment and the degree of contamination.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RCI.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional and Investigative environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- 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.
- Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
In 2013, the average annual wage in Texas was $74,490 with most people making between $53,210 and $94,270
During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 70 people in Texas. It is projected that there will be 90 employed in 2018.
This occupation will have about 2 openings due to growth and about -2 replacement openings for approximately - total annual openings.
onetNuclear Equipment Operation Technicians
collegeUniversity of California-Berkeley
onetFirst-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
collegeFlorida State College at Jacksonville
majorBusiness Administration and Management, General
majorRadiation Protection/Health Physics Technician
onetElectric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers
majorRadiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer