9. Nuclear Reactor Operator
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Nuclear reactor operators are responsible for controlling a nuclear reactor at power plants. You have to have a license to operate a nuclear reactor but you do not need a college degree. In order to work as a nuclear reactor operator, you will need to work in a nuclear power plant for at least three years, most often as an equipment operator. The average salary of a nuclear power reactor operator is $77,000. However, the top 10 percent make a six figure salary. The top 10 percent attain their six figure salary through experience and quality work. There is also overtime available that can bring you up to six figures if your base wage is not six figures yet. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the growth in the industry is going to be 19 percent by 2018.