Many international students come to the United States to study and receive a degree in engineering and eventually get hired by an nuclear engineering company. However, nuclear engineering is an extremely broad field of study and encompasses many different areas. Previously, we have detailed job options and companies that hire international students in aerospace engineering, computer scientists, and mechanical engineers. We have also discussed the top engineering degrees for international students, and the top United States engineering companies that hire international students. Today, we will discuss what a possible future career in nuclear engineering looks like.
What is a Nuclear Engineer?
Nuclear engineers research and develop the different processes, instruments, and systems used to extract benefits from radiation and nuclear energy according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Like most other engineering jobs, nuclear engineers work to solve real-world problems. Most nuclear engineers try and find different uses for radioactive materials, mostly industrial and medical uses. The most common use for radioactive materials is in medical diagnosis and treatment. Most nuclear engineers tend to work in office settings, but that depends on the industry upon which they work. The average annual wage in 2016 for nuclear engineers was $102,220.
With Hard Work You Can Beat the Competition
Nuclear engineering is considered on of the top engineering degrees for international students. That means that the programs to receive the degrees are usually competitive and the work difficult, but the payoff has the potential to be great. In the job market, international students face a high level of competition landing nuclear engineering jobs in the United States. However, that does not mean that an international student cannot get a nuclear engineering job, even with the additional hurdle of finding a company to sponsor an H1B visa. With patience, hard work, and outstanding grades, an international student can make himself or herself stick out from the crowd and make a company see their value.
Top Ten U.S. Firms Sponsoring Nuclear Engineer H1B Visas
Listed below are the top ten companies from 2017 that have are classified in the Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing industry with the most visa sponsors, including H1B. This would be a great place to start your search for nuclear engineering companies that hire international students in the United States.