Job Overview


The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as a BEST Place to Work in the Federal Government.  We've earned our top ratings by creating a work environment rich in opportunity, diversity, leadership training, teamwork, and work life balance.  Help guide our nation into the next generation of nuclear safety!  Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission where you can be part of a select group of professionals who protect people and the environment with the peaceful use of nuclear materials in medicine, industry and research.  To find out more about the NRC, we invite you to visit us on the web at

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is accepting applications for our Nuclear Safety Professional Development Program (NSPDP). The NSPDP is an eighteen month developmental program for outstanding individuals in engineering and physical science. The NRC is an organization that clearly impacts today's world. Our compelling mission is to regulate the Nation's civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear materials to ensure adequate protection of the public health and safety, to promote the common defense and security, and to protect the environment. Our role focuses on nuclear power plants but also encompasses nuclear-focused medicine programs, various industrial applications, and beyond. We place a high priority on keeping the public informed as our world-class experts work to ensure safety for all, and in a larger sense, help to make the world a better place.  To find out more about the NRC, we invite you to visit us on the web at

NOTE: There is an error in Question 6.1 that says: I have or will have received a Bachelor’s degree by September of 2013, it should read: I have or will have received a Bachelor’s degree by September of 2014.  We have noted the correct September 2014 date throughout this announcement.

RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE: A recruitment incentive of 10% of your starting salary is available to eligible selectees, depending on verification of your final GPA.

INTERVIEW: Expenses associated with interview and/or travel will be paid. The starting salary for positions in the Development Program is:
GG-07: $61,342 per annum
GG-09: $66,123 per annum
GG-11: $80,011 per annum

The NSPDP Program begins in September of 2014.  Although there may be exceptions most interviews take place between January and March and most offers are made between April and June. 


Actual duties will vary depending on whether the individual is placed in the engineering or scientific training and development track. NRC is looking for engineers and scientists. A degree in Engineering/Physical Science must be obtained between 2011 and September 2014, with NO MORE THAN TWO (2) years of full-time professional engineering or physical science work experience.
A veteran who, due to military service, was precluded from applying within the 2-year eligibility period shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his/her release or discharge from active duty, up to a maximum of 6 years from the date the individual completed the requirements of an academic course of study.