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
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Collect data about existing client hardware, software, networking, or key business processes to inform implementation of radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology.
- Integrate tags, readers, or software in radio frequency identification device (RFID) designs.
- Install, test, or maintain radio frequency identification device (RFID) systems.
- Create simulations or models of radio frequency identification device (RFID) systems to provide information for selection and configuration.
- Define and compare possible radio frequency identification device (RFID) solutions to inform selection for specific projects.
- Determine means of integrating radio frequency identification device (RFID) into other applications.
- Develop process flows, work instructions, or standard operating procedures for radio frequency identification device (RFID) systems.
- Determine usefulness of new radio frequency identification device (RFID) technologies.
- Identify operational requirements for new systems to inform selection of technological solutions.
- Perform acceptance testing on newly installed or updated systems.
- Perform site analyses to determine system configurations, processes to be impacted, or on-site obstacles to technology implementation.
- Select appropriate radio frequency identification device (RFID) tags and determine placement locations.
- Test radio frequency identification device (RFID) software to ensure proper functioning.
- Test tags or labels to ensure readability.
- Train users in details of system operation.
- Analyze radio frequency identification device (RFID)-related supply chain data.
- Document equipment or process details of radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology.
- Perform systems analysis or programming of radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology.
- Provide technical support for radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology.
- Read current literature, attend meetings or conferences, or talk with colleagues to stay abreast of industry research about new technologies.
- Verify compliance of developed applications with architectural standards and established practices.
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
- Charting software — Microsoft Office Visio
- Computer aided design CAD software — Cadence software; Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software
- Data base management system software — Microsoft SQL Server; Microsoft SQL Server Compact
- Data base user interface and query software — Oracle software
- Development environment software — C; Microsoft Visual Studio; Ruby *
- Device drivers or system software — Device driver software
- Electronic mail software — IBM Lotus Notes
- Enterprise application integration software — Extensible markup language XML
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP software
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Object or component oriented development software — C++; Microsoft Visual Basic.NET Compact Framework CF; Microsoft Visual C#; Python (see all 7 examples)
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Operating system software — Cygwin *; Linux software; Microsoft Windows Mobile
- 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
* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.
Detailed Work Activities
- Advise customers on the use of products or services.
- Inspect equipment or systems.
- Update technical knowledge.
- Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
- Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
- Develop technical methods or processes.
- Document technical design details.
- 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.
- Collect data about project sites.
- Select project materials.
- Analyze design requirements for computer or electronics systems.
- Conduct validation tests of equipment or processes.
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.
- 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 (2014)||$46.05 hourly, $95,790 annual|
|Employment (2012)||140,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Slower than average (3% to 7%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||35,300|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.
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, 2014-15 Edition.