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Architectural Drafter Career
Prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.
Salary for Architectural Drafters
Annual figures are on top. Hourly figures are below in parentheses.
| U.S. || $35,290 |
| $55,740 |
| $46,390 |
N/A = Information not available
Majors for this Career
- Architectural Technology/Technician
- Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
- CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
- Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
- Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD
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Drafters can expect slower than average employment growth, with the best opportunities expected for those with at least 2 years of postsecondary training.
Employment change. Employment of drafters is expected to grow by 4 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is slower than the average for all occupations. However, growth will vary by specialty.
Architectural and civil drafting is expected to be the fastest growing specialty, increasing by 9 percent, which is about as fast as the average . Increases in overall construction activity stemming from U.S. population growth and the related need to improve the Nation's infrastructure should spur demand for drafters trained in architectural and civil design.
In contrast to employment of architectural and civil drafters, little or no change in employment is expected of mechanical drafters and of electronic and electrical drafters. Many of these workers are concentrated in slow-growing or declining manufacturing industries that offer few opportunities for growth related to expansion. However, increasingly complex design problems associated with new products and manufacturing processes will increase the demand for mechanical drafters and electronic and electrical drafters employed in engineering and drafting services firms that will be charged with finding solutions to these problems.
Across all specialties, CADD systems that are more powerful and easier to use will allow many tasks to be done by other technical professionals, thus curbing demand for drafters. Job growth also...
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