Radio frequency engineers, also known as RF engineers, are involved in the design, implementation, and maintenance of wireless communication. They also plan the radio frequency strategies for creating new wireless networks. Most radio frequency engineers have a degree in information technology, computer science, or other similar fields. There are 134,900 electronics engineers, including radio frequency engineers, employed in the U.S.
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Radio frequency engineers employed in the U.S. in May 2021 earned an average salary of $88,397, according to PayScale. Base salaries ranged from $64,000 or less to $133,000 or more. Entry-level radio frequency engineers with less than one year of experience average $72,637 per year. Full-time employed radio frequency engineers also usually receive bonuses, overtime pay, and employment benefits ...
Radio frequency engineers usually work in offices during business hours on weekdays. They also may spend some time in manufacturing and production facilities and in laboratories for research and design. They work full time, typically 40 hours per week but may work longer hours when deadlines need to be met. They work independently and also in teams. The work can be stressful at times, especiall...
The outlook for radio frequency engineers is bright for the coming years. The overall radio frequency component market is expected to have steady growth through 2022, according to a report by Market Research Future. The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 shed light on the "benefits of automation and robotics," after much of the production and manufacturing processes had been paused. As described in t...