Career Field: Engineering and Scientific Research

Officer i Officers are the managers of the Military, planning and directing operations or acting in professional roles in fields such as law and medicine. Nuclear Engineers


The Military has been a pioneer in the use of nuclear energy. The Military uses nuclear energy for power plants, strategic weapons and defense systems. Nuclear engineers direct research and development projects to improve military uses of nuclear energy. They also direct nuclear power plant operations.
  • Salary

    Average salary nationwide: $112,058
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  • Service Branches

    The following Services offer this career:
    NavyNavy Coast GuardCoast

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  • Work Environment

    Nuclear engineers work in offices, research laboratories and power plant control centers, either on land or aboard nuclear-powered ships and submarines.
  • Military Training

    No initial job training is provided to officers in this occupation. However, advanced training is available.

Related Civilian Careers

  • Nuclear Power Plant Engineers
  • Nuclear Weapons Engineers