Nuclear Engineering

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

1,050

declining 5.41%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$9,273

growing 0%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$48,140

growing 0.0832%

Average Wage

$109,324

growing 2.23%

People in Workforce

4.3M

growing 5.13%

Average Employee Age

43.3

declining 0.317%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Nuclear Engineering degree recipients are State College, PA, Knoxville, TN, and Ann Arbor, MI. The locations with a relatively high number of Nuclear Engineering degree recipients are Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, Rolla, MO, and Pocatello, ID. The most common degree awarded to students studying Nuclear Engineering is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Nuclear Engineering and the types of students that study this field. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus awards the most degrees in Nuclear Engineering in the US, but Air Force Institute of Technology-Graduate School of Engineering & Management and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Nuclear Engineering.

Tuition costs for Nuclear Engineering majors are, on average, $9,273 for in-state public colleges, and $48,140 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Nuclear Engineering programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (36 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (969 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Nuclear Engineering, is Public, 4-year or above (969 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Nuclear Engineering programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$9,273

Median In-State Public

$48,140

Median Out of State Private

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus has the most Nuclear Engineering degree recipients, with 112 degrees awarded in 2016.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Nuclear Engineering.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Nuclear Engineering programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Air Force Institute of Technology-Graduate School of Engineering & Management and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Nuclear Engineering, with 3.62% and 2.37%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Nuclear Engineering

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Nuclear Engineering by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Nuclear Engineering.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Engineering graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The industry that employs the most Engineering majors is Architectural, engineering & related services, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Video tape & disk rental.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$109,324

Average Wage in Workforce

± $1,094

2.23%

1 Year Growth

± 1.4%

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Highest Paying Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Engineering majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Engineering majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Engineering majors working as Chemical engineers, Civil engineers, and Aerospace engineers.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Engineering majors are Economists, Physicians & surgeons, and Chief executives & legislators.

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Occupations by Share

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4.3M

2017 Workforce

± 50,149

5.13%

1 Year Growth

± 1.59%

The number of Engineering graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 5.13%, from 4.09M in 2016 to 4.3M in 2017.

The largest single share of Engineering graduates go on to work as Miscellaneous managers (8.05%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Engineering by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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The most common industries that employ Engineering majors, by number of employees, are Architectural, engineering & related services, Computer Systems Design, and Construction.

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Nuclear Engineering is from the 2 Digit Course Engineering.

4.3M

2017 Workforce

± 50,149

5.13%

1 Year Growth

± 1.59%

The number of Engineering graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 5.13%, from 4.09M in 2016 to 4.3M in 2017.

The industry which employs the most Engineering graduates by share is Architectural, engineering & related services, followed by Computer Systems Design. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Engineering.

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Specialty Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Engineering majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Engineering in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Engineering is 43.3, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Engineering degrees, and White students earn the majority (693) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Nuclear Engineering is from the 2 Digit Course Engineering.

43.3

Average Age in 2017

± 0.153 Years

0.317%

1 Year Change

± 0.506%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Engineering. The most common ages of employees with this major are 32 and 35 years old, which represent 2.8% and 2.72% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Nuclear Engineering are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Research Doctorate.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Engineering are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Doctorate degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (83.5%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    693 degrees awarded

  2. Non-resident Alien

    151 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    61 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Nuclear Engineering for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Male

    304 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    50 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Male

    34 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Nuclear Engineering. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. India

    437,422 degree recipients

  2. China

    131,128 degree recipients

  3. Mexico

    75,538 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. India

    4.46 times more than expected

  2. United Arab Emirates

    3.83 times more than expected

  3. Singapore

    3.2 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in India that hold Engineering degrees (4.46 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is India (437,422 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Nuclear Engineering field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nuclear Engineering majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Nuclear Engineering majors need more than the average amount of Science, Troubleshooting, and Technology Design.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Nuclear Engineering majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Science is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Science are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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