Summary Report for:
17-2072.01 - Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialists
Design and implement radio frequency identification device (RFID) systems used to track shipments or goods.
Sample of reported job titles: Deployment Engineer, Electro Magnetic Compatibility Test Engineer, Emerging Technologies Director, Engineering and Development Director, Engineering Director, Quality Director, RFID Engineer (Radio Frequency Identification Device Engineer), RFID Manager (Radio Frequency Identification Device Manager), RFID Systems Engineer (Radio Frequency Identification Device Systems Engineer), Technical Support Engineer
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Identify operational requirements for new systems to inform selection of technological solutions.
- Integrate tags, readers, or software in radio frequency identification device (RFID) designs.
- Perform systems analysis or programming of radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology.
- Test radio frequency identification device (RFID) software to ensure proper functioning.
- Select appropriate radio frequency identification device (RFID) tags and determine placement locations.
- Perform site analyses to determine system configurations, processes to be impacted, or on-site obstacles to technology implementation.
- Perform acceptance testing on newly installed or updated systems.
- Determine means of integrating radio frequency identification device (RFID) into other applications.
- Provide technical support for radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology.
- Collect data about existing client hardware, software, networking, or key business processes to inform implementation of radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology.
- Install, test, or maintain radio frequency identification device (RFID) systems.
- Test tags or labels to ensure readability.
- Determine usefulness of new radio frequency identification device (RFID) technologies.
- Verify compliance of developed applications with architectural standards and established practices.
- Train users in details of system operation.
- Develop process flows, work instructions, or standard operating procedures for radio frequency identification device (RFID) systems.
- Read current literature, attend meetings or conferences, or talk with colleagues to stay abreast of industry research about new technologies.
- Document equipment or process details of radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology.
- Define and compare possible radio frequency identification device (RFID) solutions to inform selection for specific projects.
- Create simulations or models of radio frequency identification device (RFID) systems to provide information for selection and configuration.
- Analyze radio frequency identification device (RFID)-related supply chain data.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Bar code reader equipment — Barcode scanners
- Desktop computers
- Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers
- Microcontrollers — Programmable logic controllers PLC
- Mobile phones — Cell phones
- Multimeters — Digital multimeters
- Network analyzers — Local area network LAN analyzers
- Network routers — Computer network routers
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Oscilloscopes — Digital oscilloscopes
- Personal computers
- Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA
- Radio frequency data communication equipment — Radio frequency RF antennas
- Radio frequency identification devices — Radio frequency identification RFID devices
- Signal generators — Function generators
Technology used in this occupation:
- Administration software — Dynamic host configuration protocol DHCP; Simple network management protocol SNMP software
- Analytical or scientific software — The MathWorks MATLAB
- Computer aided design CAD software — Cadence software; Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software
- Data base management system software — Microsoft SQL Server Compact
- Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft SQL Server software ; Oracle software; Structured query language SQL
- Development environment software — C ; Microsoft Visual Studio ; Ruby
- Device drivers or system software — Device driver software
- Electronic mail software — IBM Notes
- Enterprise application integration software — Extensible markup language XML
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP software
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Microsoft Visio
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Object or component oriented development software — C++ ; Microsoft Visual C#; Oracle Java ; Python (see all 7 examples)
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Operating system software — Cygwin; Linux ; Microsoft Windows Mobile; UNIX
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Program testing software — Framework for integrated test FIT; JUnit; Robot Framework; Watir (see all 9 examples)
- Project management software — Microsoft Project
- Requirements analysis and system architecture software — Unified modeling language UML
- WAN switching software and firmware — Wide area network WAN software
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- 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.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- 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.
- Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
- Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- 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.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
- Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
- Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- 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.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
- Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
- Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
- Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
- Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
Detailed Work Activities
- Advise customers on the use of products or services.
- Inspect equipment or systems.
- Update technical knowledge.
- Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
- Develop technical methods or processes.
- Document technical design details.
- Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
- Collect data about project sites.
- Install instrumentation or electronic equipment or systems.
- Maintain electronic equipment.
- Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation.
- Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
- Develop software or computer applications.
- Create schematic drawings for electronics.
- Train personnel on proper operational procedures.
- Assess product or process usefulness.
- Determine operational methods.
- Select project materials.
- Analyze design requirements for computer or electronics systems.
- Conduct validation tests of equipment or processes.
- Electronic Mail — 100% responded “Every day.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 85% responded “More than 40 hours.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 75% responded “Every day.”
- Telephone — 69% responded “Every day.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 75% responded “Every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 58% responded “Extremely important.”
- Contact With Others — 54% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 61% responded “Some freedom.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 48% responded “Extremely important.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 72% responded “Some freedom.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 44% responded “Extremely important.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 51% responded “Important results.”
- Time Pressure — 56% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Spend Time Sitting — 41% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 34% responded “Every day.”
- Deal With External Customers — 41% responded “Extremely important.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 34% responded “High responsibility.”
- Letters and Memos — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Frequency of Conflict Situations — 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Level of Competition — 39% responded “Highly competitive.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 24% responded “Extremely important.”
|Title||Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.|
|Related Experience||A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.|
|Job Zone Examples||Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.|
|SVP Range||(7.0 to < 8.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
Interest code: RIC
- Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
- Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
- Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Electronics Engineers, Except Computer.
Employment data collected from Electronics Engineers, Except Computer.
Industry data collected from Electronics Engineers, Except Computer.
|Median wages (2015)||$47.24 hourly, $98,270 annual|
|Employment (2014)||137,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Little or no change (-1% to 1%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||30,300|
|Top industries (2014)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Electrical and electronics engineers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.