Radiation Protection Technicians

Radiation Protection Technician Uses Detector

Radiation protection technicians, also known as health physics technicians and nuclear technicians, monitor radiation levels, protect workers, and decontaminate radioactive areas. They work under the supervision of nuclear scientists, engineers, or power plant managers and are trained in the applications of nuclear and radiation physics to detect, measure, and identify different kinds of nuclear radiation. They possess knowledge of federal regulations and permissible levels of radiation.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Health Physics Technicians, Nuclear Technicians
Duties Monitor radiation levels, protect workers, and decontaminate radioactive areas
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internships
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements May need federal security clearance for some jobs
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Radiation Expert/Consultant, or Nuclear Engineer, or Nuclear Physicist
  • Supervisor
  • Radiation Protection Technologist
  • Radiation Protection Technician
  • Radiation Monitor or Instrument Calibration Technician