#16 Nuclear power creates skilled and non-relocatable jobs

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Published on 03/01/2022

(and allows the development of emerging countries excluding fossil fuels)

How does nuclear contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goal #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth?

The nuclear industry generates a wide range of jobs for scientists, engineers, technicians and other specialists. For 1 GWe of nuclear capacity built, some 200,000 jobs.years are created.

Salaries in the nuclear sector tend to be higher than average, reflecting the specialized skills of the employees. Nuclear energy projects also involve significant investments and the development of regional infrastructure, which contributes to economic development and trade.

Nuclear power projects increase gross domestic product in the short and long term. They also have a positive impact on local employment, with a greater proportion of jobs created near the location of the power plant than is the case with other low-carbon means of production.

The nuclear industry helps directly and indirectly to support employment. For each direct job, around 2.5 to 3.5 indirect and induced jobs are generated.

The full report of the World Nuclear Association is available here.