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Drafters

Drafters
Quick Facts : Drafters*
2010 Median Pay$47,880
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012205,100
Job Outlook6% (Slower than average)
Employment Change11,400


Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings and plans. Workers in production and construction use these plans to build everything from microchips to skyscrapers.

What Drafters Do

  • Design and prepare plans for using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software
  • Produce effective product designs by using their understanding of engineering and manufacturing techniques
  • Add structural details to architectural plans from their knowledge of building techniques
  • Prepare multiple versions of designs for review by engineers and architects
  • Specify dimensions, materials, and procedures for new building projects or products

Work Environment

Like other workers who primarily use computers to do their work, drafters usually work indoors and full time, although overtime is not uncommon.
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Job Outlook

Overall, employment of all drafters is expected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020, however, growth will vary by specialty.
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Pay

The average salary of drafters in May 2010 was $47,880.
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Drafters*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Drafters

47880

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

71525.1724

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Drafters*
Percent Change in Employment

Drafters

5.55826

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

13.188106742398492

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Drafters

Employers prefer applicants who have completed training in drafting, typically an associate's degree from a technical institute or community college. Drafters who specialize in architecture may need a higher degree, such as a bachelor's degree.
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