Career Outlook

Computer Aided Drafting

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.

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.

Pay (Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

The median annual wage of drafters was $47,880 in May 2010.

Career Outlook
Employment of drafters is expected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Developments in software programs used by drafters and other professionals they work with are changing the nature of drafters’ work and how this work will have to be done.