Nuclear industry plans to add up to 21,000 jobs

04/30/2010 | Miami Herald (free registration), The

The nuclear industry is partnering with 40 community colleges around the country to create a training curriculum for entry-level workers, in preparation for the 12,000 to 21,000 jobs likely to be created by the next generation of nuclear reactors. Over the next four years, more than a third of the country's existing nuclear workforce will be eligible to retire. "It's not worrisome, but it's something we need to plan for. We haven't had the need to bring people in because we were pretty much fully staffed for quite some time," said Carol Berrigan, senior director of industry infrastructure at the Nuclear Energy Institute.

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