There are currently an estimated 17,700 nuclear engineers in the United States. The nuclear engineer job market is expected to grow by 4.0% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are nuclear engineers?

CareerExplorer rates nuclear engineers with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 5,300 nuclear engineers. That number is based on 700 additional nuclear engineers, and the retirement of 4,600 existing nuclear engineers.

What’s the supply of nuclear engineers?

The nuclear engineer industry is concentrated in Virginia, Washington, Pennsylvania

Nuclear Engineer job market by state

State Name Employed Nuclear Engineers
Virginia 2,180
Washington 1,400
Pennsylvania 1,340
South Carolina 1,310
New Mexico 800
North Carolina 780
Illinois 710
Tennessee 680
Maryland 660
Texas 590
New York 550
California 520
Idaho 360
Georgia 230
Alabama 180
Nebraska 160
Mississippi 160
Louisiana 140
District of Columbia 100
Kentucky 90
Colorado 50