Serve full-time in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program Nuclear Officer

Be a leader and problem-solver in the world's preeminent nuclear program.

There are now openings in the field of Nuclear Energy in America’s Navy.

Industry: Military, Technology, Energy, Nuclear, Engineering, Education

Type of Service: Full-time (Active Duty)

Type of Position: Nuclear Officer

About this Job: Nuclear Officers in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program are an elite group of professionals who design, build, operate, maintain and manage the Navy’s nuclear-powered ships and submarines – specifically the nuclear reactors that power these vessels – as well as the facilities that support the program’s ongoing training, operations and technology.

There are four specialized Nuclear Officer career paths available:

  • Submarine Officer – Oversee the specialized personnel, departments and missions of Navy attack, ballistic missile and guided missile submarines – taking charge of all that goes into driving, powering, arming, operating and, ultimately, commanding these quintessentially stealth vessels. Learn more about the career of a Submarine Officer.
  • Surface Warfare Officer – Oversee propulsion systems and personnel aboard multibillion-dollar, megaton, nuclear-powered aircraft carriers – managing the operational intricacies of the most capable ships on earth. Learn more about the career of a Surface Warfare Officer (Nuclear).
  • Naval Reactors Engineer – Be part of the core group of technical experts responsible for researching, designing and maintaining Naval nuclear reactors across the Navy Fleet – supporting all the activities involved with ongoing operations and personnel training. Learn more about the career of a Naval Reactors Engineer.
  • Naval Nuclear Power School Instructor – Be one of the select few who learn and then teach the fundamentals of nuclear propulsion – guiding Navy understudies through a comprehensive curriculum, encompassing everything from science to math, electrical engineering to reactor dynamics. Learn more about the career of a Naval Nuclear Power School Instructor.

Key Opportunities: Positions include opportunities to work both at sea and ashore. Assignments could be aboard a nuclear-powered submarine or a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, among reactor engineering teams, or in an academic teaching environment. Beyond that:

  • Concentrate on the theoretical or the applied aspects of nuclear propulsion
  • Expand knowledge working with highly classified, cutting-edge technology and top industry experts
  • Further expertise via hands-on experience and Navy-funded advanced training (postgraduate level)
  • Manage key departments of skilled personnel and billions in equipment and technology
  • Earn competitive pay and benefits (this includes tax-free allowances for housing and meals, comprehensive medical/dental coverage, retirement benefits, 30 days' vacation with pay earned every year, and low-cost travel opportunities)

If applying as a college student: Potentially take advantage of the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) program, which offers a monthly salary and housing allowance plus military health care benefits for up to 30 months while finishing school (service does not begin until after education and Navy advanced training have been completed). Learn more about the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) program.

Qualifications and Requirements: The standards for consideration as a Navy Nuclear Officer are high and may differ depending on the specific career focus area. In general, candidates must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible.

  • U.S. citizenship: Required
  • Education: Graduate or student of an accredited college or university in the United States or in a United States territory pursuing a BA, BS or MS (preferably majoring in mathematics, engineering, physics, chemistry or other technical areas); and have completed or be enrolled in a college curriculum that includes a minimum of one year each of calculus-based physics and mathematics through integral calculus
  • Gender: Male or female
  • Age: 19 to 30 (qualified candidates over this age will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Medical exam: Required
  • Physical fitness test: Required

Learn more about a Nuclear Officer career in America's Navy – including more details on each of the specific career focus areas.