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17-2072.01 - Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialists

Design and implement radio frequency identification device (RFID) systems used to track shipments or goods.

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Tasks

  • Collect data about existing client hardware, software, networking, or key business processes to inform implementation of radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Integrate tags, readers, or software in radio frequency identification device (RFID) designs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install, test, or maintain radio frequency identification device (RFID) systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create simulations or models of radio frequency identification device (RFID) systems to provide information for selection and configuration. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Define and compare possible radio frequency identification device (RFID) solutions to inform selection for specific projects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine means of integrating radio frequency identification device (RFID) into other applications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop process flows, work instructions, or standard operating procedures for radio frequency identification device (RFID) systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine usefulness of new radio frequency identification device (RFID) technologies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify operational requirements for new systems to inform selection of technological solutions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform acceptance testing on newly installed or updated systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform site analyses to determine system configurations, processes to be impacted, or on-site obstacles to technology implementation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select appropriate radio frequency identification device (RFID) tags and determine placement locations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test radio frequency identification device (RFID) software to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test tags or labels to ensure readability. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Train users in details of system operation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze radio frequency identification device (RFID)-related supply chain data. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Document equipment or process details of radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform systems analysis or programming of radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide technical support for radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read current literature, attend meetings or conferences, or talk with colleagues to stay abreast of industry research about new technologies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Verify compliance of developed applications with architectural standards and established practices. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Bar code reader equipment — Barcode scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcontrollers — Programmable logic controllers PLC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile phones — Cell phones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters — Digital multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Network analyzers — Local area network LAN analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Network routers — Computer network routers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oscilloscopes — Digital oscilloscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radio frequency data communication equipment — Radio frequency RF antennas See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radio frequency identification devices — Radio frequency identification RFID devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Signal generators — Function generators See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Administration software — Dynamic host configuration protocol DHCP; Simple network management protocol SNMP software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Charting software — Microsoft Office Visio See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Cadence software; Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base management system software — Microsoft SQL Server; Microsoft SQL Server Compact See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Oracle software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — C; Microsoft Visual Studio; Ruby * See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Device drivers or system software — Device driver software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — IBM Lotus Notes See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise application integration software — Extensible markup language XML See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — C++; Microsoft Visual Basic.NET Compact Framework CF; Microsoft Visual C#; Python (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Operating system software — Cygwin *; Linux software; Microsoft Windows Mobile See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Program testing software — Framework for integrated test FIT *; JUnit *; Robot Framework *; Watir * (see all 9 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Requirements analysis and system architecture software — Unified modeling language UML See more occupations related to this technology.
  • WAN switching software and firmware — Wide area network WAN software See more occupations related to this technology.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise customers on the use of products or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Update technical knowledge. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop technical methods or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document technical design details. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install instrumentation or electronic equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain electronic equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop software or computer applications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create schematic drawings for electronics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assess product or process usefulness. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine operational methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect data about project sites. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select project materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze design requirements for computer or electronics systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct validation tests of equipment or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Interests

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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Values

  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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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 (2014) $46.05 hourly, $95,790 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 140,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 35,300
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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