Ten Good Reasons to Consider a Career in NDT
- NDT is an exciting and challenging career
field. Our society relies very heavily on NDT technology to
keep it as safe a place to live as possible. A great deal of responsibility
is placed in the hands of NDT technicians and engineers who keep our
aircraft, trains and automobiles operating safely; our pipelines and
chemical plants from leaking; and our bridges from collapsing. Therefore,
NDT equipment and methods are constantly changing as engineers and
scientists work to make the inspection technology better. NDT personnel
are highly trained individuals who must continue to learn to stay
abreast with changing technology.
- It is a growing career field. Heightened
safety and environmental awareness along with demands from consumers
for high quality products continue to cause the use of NDT technology
to grow. At one time NDT technology was limited to a few high technology
and high risk industries such as aerospace and nuclear power. However,
today NDT technology is used by a wide variety of industries as the
work increases to keep product quality high and scrap rates low.
- It is a high technology field driven by computer
technology. If you like working with computers
and electronics, you will probably like NDT. Computers continue to
see more use in both performing scans to collect data or in data logging
- The field of NDT is filled with opportunities
for career growth and advancement. Since the effective application
of NDT technologies generally increases with experience, NDT personnel
generally gain responsibility the longer they work. Also, the shortage
of engineers with NDT backgrounds has made it possible for individuals
with NDT technician degrees to easily move into engineering positions.
NDT personnel often find themselves in sales, marketing, and management
positions. Of course, some also become private contractors and business
- The demand for qualified technicians is high.
The importance of NDT in our society combined with its growing use,
continues to provide individuals with NDT background many employment
opportunities. Also, college programs are currently failing to provide
enough qualified candidates to fill the needs of industry. This combined
with the fact that high numbers of NDT workforce will be retiring
in the near future, suggest that the demand for personnel with NDT
training will continue to increase. The placement of graduates from
many NDT programs is 100%.
- The pay is good. Money
is not everything but it sure helps, right? Due to the level of responsibility
carried by NDT personnel and the shortage of qualified workers, salaries
are relatively high. Starting salaries upon graduation with a two-year
Associates of Applied Science Degree
in NDT Technology typically range from $25,000 to $45,000 depending
on the job location and responsibilities. The average starting salaries
for graduates with Bachelor of Science Degree
in Engineering range from about $41,000 to $53,000.
- Education and training is readily available.
Their are a number of colleges and universities that offer classes
and degrees in NDT technology. Please visit the web pages on education
for more information.
- There are many different types of jobs.
It is relatively easy to find "a job," but finding a job
that you really like is a little more difficult. In the field of NDT
job conditions vary considerably. If you are a person that loves the
outdoors, there are jobs that take you outdoors. If you like a manufacturing
setting, there are jobs in manufacturing facilities and if you prefer
the laboratory, there are jobs there too. There are even jobs at really
exciting places like NASA and offshore oil drilling platforms.
- There are NDT personnel working in all parts
of the country. Since the technology is used by a large variety
of industries, NDT jobs are not limited to one geographical area.
However, most jobs are located in metropolitan areas where large manufacturing
facilities are located.
- The work can be very rewarding. NDT
personnel work hard in helping to keep products and systems operating
safely. The sense that you are making the world a safer place by helping
to prevent accidents and protecting the environment can be very gratifying.