Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialists

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Technical Support Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Signaling Project Engineer
  • Signal Integrity Engineer
  • RFID Technician (Radio Frequency Identification Device Technician)
  • RFID Systems Engineer (Radio Frequency Identification Device Systems Engineer)
  • RFID Systems Architect (Radio Frequency Identification Device Systems Architect)
  • RFID Strategist (Radio Frequency Identification Device Strategist)
  • RFID Specialist (Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialist)
  • RFID Manager (Radio Frequency Identification Device Manager)
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What They Do

  • Analyze radio frequency identification device (RFID)-related supply chain data.
  • 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.
  • Document equipment or process details of 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.
  • Develop process flows, work instructions, or standard operating procedures for radio frequency identification device (RFID) systems.
  • Train users in details of system operation.
  • Verify compliance of developed applications with architectural standards and established practices.
  • Determine usefulness of new radio frequency identification device (RFID) technologies.
  • Test tags or labels to ensure readability.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Education Required

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


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $95,040 with most people making between $53,440 and $138,910


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,880 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 3,880 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 90 replacement openings for approximately 90 total annual openings.

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