What aspects of the job interest you? What type of upward mobility does this job provide? Where do you see yourself five or ten years after you first start the job?
This is a brand-new field for me and so in terms of upward mobility, I wasn’t really sure on where I wanted to go, just that I wanted to be in the energy industry. I really enjoyed the description for Nuclear Health Physics Technician because of how involved it appears to be with regulatory guidelines and procedures. Previously I worked in social services and legal, so I have a strong background in policy and procedure, and enjoy dealing with records, reports and manuals. I think that in 5-10 years I’d like to work in policy because it’s what I love.
What are some of the job responsibilities described for this position?
Nuclear health physics technicians perform activities that protect employees that work in environments that contain radioactive materials, such as nuclear power plants, healthcare facilities, and research facilities. Technicians are responsible for:
-assessing and monitoring radiation levels of personnel, equipment and various environments
-ensuring workplace safety by designing and implementing safety procedures to maintain the health and safety of workers
-monitoring nuclear activity of materials and processes and collecting and analyzing radioactivity data.
-enforcing regulatory guidelines and perform frequent safety inspections
-keeping accurate records and creating reports and updating procedures and manuals as needed. -maintaining inventory on various safety items, devices and equipment.
What types of training or education will prepare you for the job? Once you acquire the job, what type of training or education will prepare you to advance in your position?
The educational requirements for this job are an associate’s degree in health physics or a related science field. As well from several listings for this position it is preferred that the applicant be NRRPT (National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists) certified and also gain DOE clearance. Because this is a new field for me, I would be welcome to any suggestions about what I should be doing while I’m in school and when I finish.
Give an example of a work activity which may require the skill sets of multiple crafts mentioned above.
I am also looking at potentially becoming a radiological control technician which falls under the broader career category of nuclear monitoring technician. I think using skills I already enjoy such as monitoring, following procedure, and interpreting information to administer different necessary actions can translate well to the careers listed above.
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