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Chemical vs Nuclear Engineering

Greg ChancellorGreg Chancellor Posts: 45Registered User Junior Member
edited June 2009 in Engineering Majors
I've narrowed down my two engineering choices between nuclear and chemical engineering.
Nuclear and Chemical Engineering I've read will be promising paths especially in the future. Nuclear will pay more than chemical, but I want to know what type of work and research I'd be doing with just a Bachelor in either major. Which discipline should I pick and why? And which would be a tuffer major?
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Replies to: Chemical vs Nuclear Engineering

  • LaceroLacero Posts: 189Registered User Junior Member
    From what I understand a minimum of a Masters in Nuclear engineering is needed for design and a PhD is preferred...

    Chemical may be tuffer because a lot of nuclear engineering curriculum's consists of non-technical issues since nuclear energy is such a politically charged industry.

    Have you thought about what kind of work you would like to be doing as a long term career goal in either industry? Where would you like to see your self in 10 or 20 years?
  • PurdueEEPurdueEE Posts: 705Registered User Member
    Which discipline should I pick and why?
    The one you are more interested in. Because you'll enjoy it more.

    If you want to check out what jobs are available, browse the websites of companies that hire ChemEs (lots of industry) and NEs (power plants) and see what they have to offer. You can also check job search sites like monster.com, although those might often be a repost of things found directly. Other places to check are career fair websites (particularly any at your school) and to ask the career center at your school who has been hiring graduates of those two majors.
  • Greg ChancellorGreg Chancellor Posts: 45Registered User Junior Member
    I would like to be doing R&D for a University or Corporation, and also be making 95k+ after 15 or so years. And what did you meen by: "Chemical may be tuffer because a lot of nuclear engineering curriculum's consists of non-technical issues since nuclear energy is such a politically charged industry."
    But then again chemical engineering would probably have the broadest field for work.
  • LaceroLacero Posts: 189Registered User Junior Member
    A Nuclear engineering program might have a fair amount of courses on Nuclear proliferation, waste management, plant safety etc.

    If what you want to work in R&D you might want to try something like a BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in EE to an MS/PhD in Nuclear Engineering.

    Also from what I understand, the work of a Nuclear engineer is closer to that of an EE or MechE/Physics than it is to ChemEng.
  • Greg ChancellorGreg Chancellor Posts: 45Registered User Junior Member
    Ya I think I'll choose Chemical Engineering with a minor in another path like me or ee.
    I was also thinking these 2 degrees might land me a engineering and mainly R&D job also:
    B.S. in Geophysics/B.S. of Environmental Science. Both have high levels of math and science technical credits.

    Texas A&M University 08-09 Undergraduate Catalog

    http://geoweb.tamu.edu/files/bs_geop.pdf
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