Nuclear Is On The Up

What Does This Mean To You As A Job Seeker?

Andrew Crabtree
3 min readMar 23, 2022


News as recent as yesterday stated that Boris Johnson is looking for the UK to get 25% of its energy from nuclear energy.

This is just one of many such articles recently in mainstream media across the globe. France, Sweden, Australia, Canada and many others are looking to get into nuclear.

“Johnson on Monday met executives from major nuclear utilities and technology companies including the UK’s Rolls-Royce, France’s EDF, and the US’s Westinghouse and Bechtel to discuss ways of helping to speed up the development of new nuclear power stations.”

“The government wanted to show the nuclear and investment industries that it had a “clear ambition for more nuclear” in part to balance out intermittent renewable power sources, according to a government source briefed on the discussion.”

“Speaking after the meeting, Tom Greatrex, the chief executive of the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA), said: “Accelerating nuclear projects is absolutely essential to keep energy costs down, cut expensive gas imports and strengthen our energy security as we move towards net zero.

“That means urgently investing in a fleet of large and small nuclear stations, alongside renewable investment, to deliver the clean, sovereign power we need.”

Image from BEIS

What About You?

But, what if you are a job seeker or have children/relatives who may be able to take the opportunity to build themselves a long-term well-paid job?

Well, you’re in luck. The NSSG updated their Nuclear Workforce Assessment in 2021. As part of the NWA there is a list of fragile roles that are going to be the most sought after in the industry:

  1. Project Management
  2. Project Controls
  3. Engineering
  4. Procurement
  5. Manufacturing
  6. Site Works
  7. Quality Control and Assurance
  8. Health, Safety and Environmental
  9. Administration
  10. Information Technology
  11. Business Development
  12. Sales Management

You can read more about the job descriptions above on the Get Into Nuclear website and how you can work towards a career in nuclear.

Photo by Matt Duncan on Unsplash

Career Pathing

To start planning your career, we need to know where you are against the dream role you are looking to land.

To do this, we recommend that you undertake a skills mapping exercise to assess your qualifications, skills and experience against those being requested in current live jobs.

The exercise doesn’t take long, but it would be good if you were somewhere where you have a little time to yourself to concentrate. What’s 20 minutes if you land a job you love in an industry supporting the clean energy transition. 🤷‍♀️

#1 Find Live Jobs

Find a role, or roles, that you are interested in.

If you need help with this, check out our Nuclear Job Boards Directory and have a look around.

If you have no clue what roles are available to you in the nuclear sector, visit our Types of Jobs pages first before finding any job advertisements.

#2 List the skills

From the live job advertisements, you are interested in, list the requirements detailed, including mandatory and those listed as ‘preferred’.

#3 Skills Map

Cross-reference your qualifications, skills and experience against those listed in #2 above.

#4 The Starting Line

Use the above to identify yourself as one of the 5 five categories of job seekers we work with. The simplest way to do this is to ask yourself:

  1. Do I have the qualifications and skills listed on the job descriptions?
  2. Have I gained relevant experience working in the nuclear industry?
  3. Have I gained relevant experience working in another industry?
  4. Am I at the start of a brand new career journey?

If you can answer the first two questions, “yes”, you are a Nuclear Worker.

If you answer 1 and 3 as “Yes”, you are a Sector Jumper

If you answer “No” for 1 but “Yes” for 2, you are a Career Builder.

If you answer “No” for 1 and “Yes” for 3, you are looking for a Career Change.

If you answer “No” to all but 4, you are a Career Starter.

Now that you have completed a skills map on yourself, you can continue to the Get Into Nuclear Career Hub and follow the roadmap to getting into nuclear.



Andrew Crabtree

I write about what I'm currently geeking-out over. What I read, watch and listen to, as well as my experiences as a Dad, Husband and Nuclear Energy Consultant.