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Workforce Needs

Each new reactor unit will require as many as 450 skilled workers, with appropriate technical education and training. Two-thirds of the new jobs will be plant technicians, requiring an associate's degree from a community or technical college with a specialization in nuclear power plant systems, radiation protection, or digital instrumentation and control. The remaining one-third of that workforce will be engineers with bachelor's degrees in nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, engineering technology, and engineering physics with an understanding of nuclear power plant technology.