The cutting edge of science and engineering can often be witnessed at an advanced nuclear power plant. If you want to be a part of that, you’ll find there are many different kinds of nuclear plant jobs you can consider applying for. But how safe are these jobs?
If you look at statistics, you’ll quickly find that nuclear plant jobs are actually much safer than jobs like those in the logging industry – which is considered to be the least safe industry in the United States with more than 130 out of 100,000 workers dying on the job. In contrast, nuclear power plant jobs kill less than 1 in 100,000 workers, which is saying something.
However, it would be foolish to suggest that risks don’t exist. Nuclear material is highly volatile and unstable, and the radiation it can produce is potentially lethal. If safety measures fail, then there is a very real danger, and worst case scenarios like the ones that happened in the past in Cernobyl and Fukushima are a clear reminder of what the worst case scenario might entail.
Fortunately, such scenarios are extremely rare. With modern technology continuing to evolve and computers able to help with safety management, as well as with new safety protocols being developed each year, nuclear power plants are becoming more and more safe on a regular basis. So you’ll find that the actual benefits, in most cases and at most jobs, will far outweigh any potential risk involved.