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Radiation Protection Technicians
The Nuclear Energy Institute reports that there are 100 nuclear power plants licensed to operate in 31 states of the United States. Five new plants are currently under construction. Due to the continuing need to make these facilities as safe and efficient as possible, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for nuclear technicians will grow faster than the average for all careers through 2022. In an effort to offset the effects of rising costs to the public for energy obtained from traditional resources, some government officials are calling for the construction of more new nuclear power plants and the relicensing of existing ones. If more plants are constructed and existing plants are relicensed, radiation protection technicians will enjoy increased employment opportunities.