Radiation Protection Technicians

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.

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

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