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Nuclear Engineering

Published On: 28 Jun 2012 | Last Updated On: 20 Aug 2013

Nuclear engineering, in simple terms, is the branch of engineering concerned with the design, construction and operation of nuclear reactors . The coursework in nuclear engineering include nuclear fusion, medical applications, nuclear safety, radiation, heat & thermodynamics transport, nuclear fuel, nuclear waste disposal, nuclear proliferation and the effects of radioactivity in the environment. India is in the middle of the biggest expansion of nuclear power in its history, adding 20 GWe in the next 14 years in the form of pressure water reactors and fast breeder reactors. At the same time, the United States is overturning decades of policy in order to resume the export of nuclear materials to India, opening up the possibility of private investors in the Indian nuclear industry for the first time. Thus, the future seems very lucid in this field and might produce more number of jobs in our country.

Courses & Eligibility:

The eligibility criterion for admissions in a Bachelor’s programme is 10+2 in Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as core subjects. The 2 year M.tech course can be pursued after successfully completing an Undergraduate course. Students are subjected to go through entrance exams like GATE for admissions in B.Tech & M.Tech courses. A strong basic knowledge about radiation sciences is recommended for the students in order to have a strong hold over the subjects in nuclear engineering.

Career Prospects

Nuclear engineers find work opportunities as engineers and researchers in Research & Development organizations, Nuclear Power plants, and Nuclear Reactors. In academics nuclear engineers find employment as lectures, and professors and actively contribute to nuclear researches. Nuclear Engineers also get employment in government and private agencies dealing with environmental safety. Opportunities are u for nuclear engineers. The demand for professionals in this field is always high because of the dearth of number of students opting for this course.


  • Very high paying jobs can be expected once a person acquires proper education and experience in the field.
  • Other factors affecting salary of a nuclear engineering post graduate are the job type and the location of the job.
  • In the year 2005 average salaries earned by post graduate nuclear engineers was around $58814 which is a vague figure and can be maximised by a student’s individual capabilities.
  • Other perks include pension plans, paid vacations and health insurance etc.

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