Future of nuclear engineering?
Hey everyone! Just wanted to hear your thoughts on the prospects of nuclear engineering grads, both the energy side and the radiological sciences side. I know some people are calling nuclear energy the only option feasible for the scale of energy demand we're going for see in the future. On the other hand, the vast majority of the us still seems to shy away from nuclear. Solar and wind are getting pretty significant investment and we've been seeing the efficiency improvements already. Especially with the ***ushima accident, nuclear (energy at least) doesn't look like it's going to be seeing a whole lot of love anytime soon. Fusion is obviously the holy Grail of the energy field, and I've read predictions of it surfacing around 2050-2060, but is that enough to try to pursue a degree/career in nuclear? The nuclear workforce is going to be pretty limited in the coming years (it's predicted that a hefty number of retirements are going to hit soon), so I guess they'll be demanded in a field of questionable outlooks?
I don't know much on the radiological sciences side of things, but with their ties to the medical industry, I'd have to imagine things are going pretty well. Anyway, I'm just trying to get a better idea of what nuclear has to offer as I'm deciding between schools because it seems like a fascinating subject, I just didn't know where it was going down the road. Thanks again everyone!