Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings.
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Although drafters spend much of their time working on computers in an office, some may visit job sites in order to collaborate with architects and engineers. Most drafters work full time.
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Drafters typically complete education after high school, often through a program at a community college or technical school. Some programs lead to an associate of applied science in drafting or a related degree. Others result in a certificate or diploma.
The median annual wage for drafters was $55,550 in May 2018.
Employment of drafters is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028. Increased construction activity is projected to drive demand for drafters, but this is expected to be tempered as engineers and architects increasingly perform some tasks previously done by drafters.
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