Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialists
SOC: 17-2072.01


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
137,400 employed

Projected (2024):
135,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "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.

Alternate Titles:

  • Deployment Engineer
  • Device Test Engineer
  • Electro Magnetic Compatibility Test Engineer
  • Emerging Technologies Director
  • Engineering and Development Director
  • Engineering Director
  • Quality Director
  • Radio Frequency Engineer
  • RFID Analyst (Radio Frequency Identification Device Analyst)
  • RFID Developer (Radio Frequency Identification Device Developer)
  • RFID Engineer (Radio Frequency Identification Device Engineer)
  • RFID Manager (Radio Frequency Identification Device Manager)
  • RFID Specialist (Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialist)
  • RFID Strategist (Radio Frequency Identification Device Strategist)
  • RFID Systems Architect (Radio Frequency Identification Device Systems Architect)
  • RFID Systems Engineer (Radio Frequency Identification Device Systems Engineer)
  • RFID Technician (Radio Frequency Identification Device Technician)
  • Signal Integrity Engineer
  • Signaling Project Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Technical Support Engineer

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    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.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Verify compliance of developed applications with architectural standards and established practices.
  • Read current literature, attend meetings or conferences, or talk with colleagues to stay abreast of industry research about new technologies.
  • Provide technical support for radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology.
  • Perform systems analysis or programming of radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology.
  • Document equipment or process details of radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology.
  • Train users in details of system operation.
  • Analyze radio frequency identification device (RFID)-related supply chain data.
  • Test tags or labels to ensure readability.
  • 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.
  • Identify operational requirements for new systems to inform selection of technological solutions.
  • Determine usefulness of new radio frequency identification device (RFID) technologies.
  • Develop process flows, work instructions, or standard operating procedures for radio frequency identification device (RFID) systems.
  • Determine means of integrating radio frequency identification device (RFID) into other applications.
  • 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.
  • Install, test, or maintain radio frequency identification device (RFID) systems.
  • Integrate tags, readers, or software in radio frequency identification device (RFID) designs.
  • Collect data about existing client hardware, software, networking, or key business processes to inform implementation of radio frequency identification device (RFID) technology.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Barcode scanners
  • Cell phones
  • Computer network routers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital multimeters
  • Digital oscilloscopes
  • Function generators
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Laptop computers
  • Local area network LAN analyzers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Radio frequency identification RFID devices
  • Radio frequency RF antennas
  • Abbot
  • C
  • C++
  • Cadence software
  • CppUnit
  • Cygwin
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software
  • Device driver software
  • Dynamic host configuration protocol DHCP
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • FitNesse
  • Framework for integrated test FIT
  • IBM Notes
  • JUnit
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft SQL Server Compact
  • Microsoft SQL Server software
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic.NET
  • Microsoft Visual Basic.NET Compact Framework CF
  • Microsoft Visual C#
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Windows Mobile
  • Nunit
  • Oracle Java
  • Oracle software
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Python
  • Robot Framework
  • Ruby
  • SAP software
  • SeleniumHQ
  • Simple network management protocol SNMP software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Unified modeling language UML
  • UNIX
  • Watir
  • Web browser software
  • Wide area network WAN software

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980