EETimes released a salary survey based on responses from 1,600 engineers. Apparently, financially you're doing well. Where do RFID engineers fit?
Companies have been looking for RFID experts to help drive standards related to electronic product codes (EPC) since 2005. Now, there's demand for engineers who understand applications and the physics of RFID, according to Mark Johnson, founder of the professional organization RFID Tribe. "Companies are looking for engineers and professionals who understand how antennas work and how electric magnetic fields radiate out and come back in," he says.
RFID Tribe, an organization supporting 3,200 professionals in 65 countries working in the RFID field, published a 60-page report in May 2007, providing a "clear picture of where RFID professionals work."
Johnson says today's salaries for those working in RFID vary depending on experience, geography and education, similar to criteria required in the past. Since radio frequency is the larger spectrum, an engineer with RF experience can easily transition into RFID, Johnson says.
"If you know how antennas on cell towers work and what happens to RF waves as they approach water and metal, you've got it made because that's directly applicable to RFID," he says.
In February 2006, the trade organization Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) released a study at RFID World 2006 in Dallas, Texas, revealing 75 percent of business professionals think there's an insufficient skilled workforce to design and deploy radio frequency identification technology strategies, and 80 percent believe RFID adoption rates will suffer.
Today, there's about 1,200 open job reqs on the RFID Tribe site that have the acronym "RFID" in the description, though not all are directly related to the technology. The companies do, however, require the applicant to have RFID-related skills.
Johnson couldn't give me a straight answer on salary requirements for an RFID professional. But I'm still curious. So, if you're one, send me a note to email@example.com and let me know your experience and salary range.