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Engineering: Nuclear Engineering Focus

Katie Schenk - November 30, 2017

Nuclear engineering

Compared to number of programmes offering electrical and mechanical engineering master’s degrees, there are relatively few US universities offering post grad nuclear engineering options. But, those that do are the cream of the crop.

The same can be said for the salaries and employment outlooks for the field. Although the job growth forecast from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is slim at four percent between 2016 and 2026, new focus areas are likely to emerge in the field of nuclear medicine. And, as more nuclear engineers reach the age of retirement, there will soon greater opportunity to get new feet through the door.

Better still are the mean and median wages for nuclear engineers in the United States. In 2016, the BLS pegged the median annual wage at $102,220 for engineers across all levels of education. The mean salary for the same year was $105,950.

The top employment states for nuclear engineers are Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Meanwhile, the highest paying states are New Mexico, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and California. It’s a pretty wide spread, with a lot of focus on the southern states which may help narrow programme selection, though it’s worth remembering that top recruiters will definitely consider students across top schools.

As many nuclear engineers work for power generation companies, national governments, and across research fields, this is definitely one engineering masters that’s in demand across the globe. The key is to starting your job search along with your master’s programme search. Why not start now?

Quick view: Top US nuclear engineering programmes

Universities: US West

Texas A&M University - Dwight Look College of Engineering

College Station, Texas

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 11
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 4
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $39,959
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of California—​Berkeley - School of Engineering
Berkeley (San Francisco), California
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 3
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 5
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $61,102
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities: US Northeast


Massachusetts Institute of Technology - School of Engineering
Cambridge (Boston), Massachusetts
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 1
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 2
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $82,750
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

University Park, Pennsylvania

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 32
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 8
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $55,000
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - School of Engineering
Troy, New York
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 39
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $70,719
University of Pittsburgh - Swanson School of Engineering
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: not ranked
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $50,435
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities: US South


Georgia Institute of Technology - College of Engineering
Atlanta, Georgia
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 7
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $58,248
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Raleigh, North Carolina

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 25
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 5
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,510
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Gainesville, Florida

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 42
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 15
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $47,284

 Universities: US Midwest

Columbus, Ohio

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 31
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $52,196
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Purdue University - College of Engineering

West Lafayette, Indiana

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 8
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 12
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $43,118
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Illinois—​Urbana-​Champaign - College of Engineering

Urbana, Illinois

  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 9
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 9
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $56,984
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor - College of Engineering
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 5
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 1
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $68,144
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes
University of Wisconsin—​Madison - College of Engineering
Madison, Wisconsin
  • USNWR engineering programme rank: 18
  • USNWR nuclear department rank: 3
  • Estimated annual cost of attendance: $44,369
  • Prodigy Finance loans available: Yes

Universities offering ME degrees

Universities offering spring admissions

Quick view: Top nuclear engineering masters recruiters


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