|[March 03, 2014]
ORISE report shows nuclear engineering graduation rates on the rise in 2013
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. --(Business Wire)--
The number of college students graduating with majors in nuclear
engineering continues to increase, according to a report by the Oak
Ridge Institute for Science and Education. The report, titled Nuclear
Engineering Enrollments and Degrees Survey, 2013 Data, includes
degrees granted between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013.
According to the report, students graduating in 2013 with majors in
nuclear engineering accounted for 655 bachelor's degrees, 362 master's
degrees and 147 doctorate degrees. This is the highest number of degrees
reported since 1984, 1980 and 1972, respectively.
"The nuclear renaissance is alive and well, but the challenge is making
sure we have an adequate supply of nuclear engineering jobs for these
graduates," said Dr. Eric Abelquist, ORAU executive vice president.
"Slow economic recovery following the Great Recession in 2009 has
dampened electricity demand and low natural gas prices make it a safer
bet for utilities to build gas-powered units. Nuclear engineering
graduates must be patient and persistent. The jobs will come, albeit
more slowly than the nuclear industry had hoped."
ORISEsurvey data also showed:
Nuclear engineering enrollments in 2013 for undergraduate and graduate
students were down 9 percent and 5 percent, respectively, when
compared to 2012.
The number of students graduating with bachelor's degrees in nuclear
engineering will likely decrease in 2015.
The number of graduate degrees is likely to remain within the same
range in both 2014 and 2015.
The ORISE report also looked at post-graduation plans reported for
2013 graduates and concluded that most students tend to continue their
studies as their next step upon completing their current degree
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advance national priorities in science, health, education and national
security. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory
capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major
Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and
commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public
interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU
manages ORISE for DOE. Learn more about ORAU at www.orau.org.
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