Non-Destructive Testing Specialists

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What do they do?

Test the safety of structures, vehicles, or vessels using x-ray, ultrasound, fiber optic or related equipment.

Also known as:

Industrial Radiographer, Inspector, Non-Destructive Evaluation Manager (NDE Manager), Non-Destructive Evaluation Technician (NDE Technician), Non-Destructive Testing Services Director (NDT Services Director), Non-Destructive Testing Specialist (NDT Specialist), Non-Destructive Testing Supervisor (NDT Supervisor), Non-Destructive Testing Technician (NDT Technician), Quality Engineer, Quality Manager

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 1.5%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #28 in job growth rate
  • 410

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #5 in net job growth
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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.6%)
  • Master's degree (2.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (16.8%)
  • Associate's degree (22.4%)
  • Some college, no degree (31.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (22.9%)
  • Less than high school diploma (3.2%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Interpret design or operational test results.
  • Inspect equipment or systems.
  • Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
  • Operate industrial equipment.
  • Test characteristics of materials or structures.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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