SOC Code 51-8011 - Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

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Operate or control nuclear reactors. Move control rods, start and stop equipment, monitor and adjust controls, and record data in logs. Implement emergency procedures when needed. May respond to abnormalities, determine cause, and recommend corrective action.


SOC Code 51-8011 - Nuclear Power Reactor Operators is a a final level code of the “Production Occupations” Major Occupation Category. There are 5,050 total employees classified in this occupation in the USA, with an average Hourly Wage of $48.55 and average Annual Wage of $100,990.

Occupation Examples

  • Nuclear Control Room Operator
  • Nuclear Reactor Operator
  • Nuclear Station Operator
  • Reactor Operator

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