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Nuclear engineering encompasses many different tasks, and along with different tasks come various responsibilities and opportunities. Travel requirements usually relate to international dealings, which are customarily not part of a power plant worker's life. Power plant work presents itself as relatively stationary work. Althought it is true that the relocation of workers ensues as a result of the closing of plants, the scenario is not of everyday occurrence. Assignments strongly dependent on travel are usually linked to program management personnel and to workers with positions in space and defense programs, such as naval nuclear engineers. The latter work includes more international relations than essentially any other nuclear engineering ramification. The dangers of nuclear engineering professions revolve around radioactive emissions. Companies provide protective gear such as radiation detectors that document radiation exposure of workers.

As is seemingly occurrent within most engineering professions, there is no typical salary for a nuclear engineer. Depending on the level of education and experience, there exist different salary labels. A worker exiting college and immediately joining the workforce is likely to earn far less than an experienced professional (graduate level studies are usually prerequisite for design engineering and research positions). The possible range is relatively extensive but is overall confined within $50,000 and $120,000. In 2002, the lowest ten percent of engineers in the United States earned less than $58, 350, and the highest ten percent obtained yearly salaries of up to $111, 260. Federal government positions averaged salaries of $73, 769 in 2003.
Other considerations to be made in determining a nuclear engineer's wage are demand and work position. A worker in safety regulation-related fields may be at higher demand than one involved in spacecraft technology due to the latter's limitations of work availability and the former's apparent priority.