Nuclear energy is a low carbon source of energy contrary to energy produced from fossil fuel, namely oil and gas. Combined with renewable energies, nuclear energy can help fill the gap until an entirely new set of energy technologies and innovations are invented and put into place. Nuclear energy is the only non intermittent low carbon source of energy the world has available now except for hydro energy. For developed countries, energy produced by nuclear power plants represents a chance to lower their emissions and respect their commitments. For developing countries, nuclear energy represents the chance to grow their local economy in a sustainable way and to lower creation of and exposition to green house gases, notably in domestic settings. Nuclear jobs are part of the effort to fight against global warming.
A nuclear project – the development of a nuclear power plant from the planning stages to the end of its life – typically spans over 100 years, from designing to licensing, building and operating, to life extension, refurbishments and waste management. These long-cycle projects are complex and continuously come up with the most exciting challenges, technological but also legal and financial. All types of nuclear jobs exist and are constantly developed to fit the challenges of nuclear power plants ‘construction, operation, life extension and waste management.
On top of providing exciting assignments, nuclear power plants projects are present now all over the world and represent a very global industry indeed. Nuclear industry is experiencing a continuous growth in Asia and the Middle East as well as renewed one in Canada, Finland and UK. The need for skills and know-how transfer from power plant jobs to nuclear power plants jobs is tremendous and in some cases urgent.
For professionals from mature markets that have slowed down like the US and some countries of Western Europe, nuclear power plants jobs represent an opportunity to work abroad and encourage a mobility of skills and know how.
The need for skills transfer and the length of a nuclear power plant life cycle also mean that some professionals are being asked to get out of retirement to assist on some specific stages given their experience. Some professionals are encouraged to re enter the nuclear industry for the same reason. Nuclear power plant jobs are then not only a choice of professional career but also a chance to work whenever suitable, in exciting locations where nuclear power plants are located.
The nuclear job market is now international and is truly the source of global cooperation and best practice exchange between countries.