Careers in the Nuclear Industry

The Government’s Nuclear Industrial Strategy highlights the issue of an ageing workforce, which is particularly acute among management roles and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), of which nearly 70% are due to retire by 2025.

Among other professional roles retirement rates are also substantial, at up to 50%. Analysis by members of the Skills Alliance indicates that approximately one thousand additional recruits in professional engineering and project roles are needed per year just to replace those leaving the industry. Taken together with the need to allow between ten and fifteen years to develop such expertise, the analysis highlights the scale of the challenge in the nuclear sector and the strategic approach needed to address it.

The South West Nuclear Hub tackles this problem through teaching the next generation of Scientists and Engineers and facilitating the transfer of knowledge from one generation of academics to the next.

Major industry employers

EDF Energy graduates


Cavenish Nuclear Graduates

nucleargraduates Careers

Sellafield Careers

Wood Group Careers

Orano Graduates


NNL Graduates

Atkins Careers


UKAEA Careers

Professional Institutions

Nuclear Institute Young Generation Network

The YGN is the young members' branch of the Nuclear Institute. Members of the Nuclear Institute who are 37 years old or under automatically join the YGN.  The YGN benefits individuals and the wider industry through promoting communication, collaboration and professional development in this country and around the world.

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Nuclear Industry Association N2N Group

The NIA New to Nuclear (N2N) group provides new joiners with a dedicated networking, support and business development platform and in time other benefits to accelerate their industry knowledge and career development. N2N is open to members of any age and is free to attend.

N2N aims to:

  • Focus on commercial understanding and development through mentoring
  • Encourage College/ University leavers to the sector, and promote internships and industry engagement with academia
  • Facilitate cross sector collaboration with other industry groups
  • Stimulate networking, and industry understanding from an early stage in people’s careers