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The Skills Fallout

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Thu Mar 01 2007

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The article reports on the impact of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant disaster in 1979 and the Chernobyl Nuclear accident in 1986 on the nuclear science and engineering industry in the U.S. Hiring of nuclear-educated workers lagged, and the enrollment in nuclear science and engineering programs staggered. Also, experts predict that nearly one-third of present nuclear workforce cannot be replaced by qualified graduates due to retire in the next five or ten years. Thus, schools, organizations, and government agencies are joining forces to establish National Student Exchange fellowships, scholarships, and research programs to invite students. Further, potential workers will be given higher wages by employers. Nuclear plants are also encouraging job rotation and cross-training of staff.

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