Non-Destructive Testing Specialists


Overview

Non-Destructive Testing Specialists

Introduction

Non-destructive testing specialists examine structures, materials, and components to determine if there are any defects or problems. They conduct tests in ways that are not destructive to the objects being examined. Specialists work in industries such as energy and utilities, transportation, aerospace and defense, and manufacturing (durable goods). They use various methods and tools to conduct these tests, such as X-ray and ultrasonic equipment, and then come up with plans for correction that are in accordance with safety laws and r...

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Median Salary

$53,675

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree


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Experience

Minimum two years experience


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Skills

Math


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Personality Traits

Problem-Solving

Earnings

Non-destructive testing technicians earned a median salary of $53,675 in April 2020, as reported by Salary.com. Salaries ranged from $33,954 or less to $58,558 or more. Those in the related field of engineering technicians (except drafters), all others not listed separately, earned a median salary of $63,220 in May 2018, according to the Department of Labor. The lowest 10 percent earned $36,120...

Work Environment

Non-destructive testing specialists work indoors as well as outdoors. They may work in laboratories, aircraft hangars, shipyards, construction sites, manufacturing plants, or other locations. They use computers and various testing equipment in their work. They may be exposed to hazardous materials and substances, so they wear protective gear such as hard hats, hearing protection, or life jacket...

Outlook

Non-destructive testing specialists will continue to have good employment opportunities in the coming years. Various industries will need their expertise to test parts, components, structures, and vehicles to detect current and potential problems and come up with solutions. As described by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, "Modern non-destructive tests are used in manufacturing, ...

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