Career Spotlight

Architectural/Civil Drafter

Are you mechanically-minded and and working on computers?

In this job, you’ll make engineers’ and architects’ designs come to life on computer software before construction/creation actually begins. If you’re a visual person and like design, you may enjoy this profession!

Architectural/Civil Drafter

Quick Facts

2017 Median Pay: $55,550/year, $26.71

Typical Entry-Level Education: Associate Deg. (2 yrs)

On-the-job Training: None

Number of Jobs, 2016: 207,700

Job Outlook 2016-26: 7% (as fast as average)

Employment Change 2016-26: 14,600

What They Do

Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.

Although drafters spend much of their time working on computers in an office, some may visit jobsites in order to collaborate with architects and engineers. Most drafters work full time.

How To Become One

Drafters typically need specialized training, which can be accomplished through a technical program that leads to a certificate or an associate’s degree in drafting. This is only two years of post-high school education!

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Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, US Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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