Draftsperson Career Field

draftspersonCareer Overview

A Draftsperson creates technical plans and drawings that are used in the building of everything from children’s toys to large buildings. Draftspersons usually utilize computer software called CADD systems, Computer Aided Design and Drafting software. The CADD software allows them to prepare the drawings, edit them, store them, and print them. There are several different types of drafting that a draftsperson can specialize in like architectural, civil, electrical, aeronautical, and mechanical drafting specialties.

Education Requirements

Associate’s Degree (2 years of college) in Drafting

Employers like to hire draftspersons that have completed a post-secondary drafting program through a trade school, community college, or traditional college. These programs vary in length but are mostly offered as a 2 year associate’s degree or a certification program that will generally take at least a year to complete.

Coursework

Mathematics
Drawing
CADD Computer Software
Blue Print Reading
Engineering and Building
Architectural Drawing

Employment Trends

Job Availability as of May 2008 for: 251,900
Projected Employment in 2018 of: 262,500
Average Annual Salary for Draftspersons in U.S. in 2008: $44.490

Top Colleges

Penn Foster Career College
ITT Technical Institute
Ashford College
International Academy of Design and Technology

Related Jobs

Architects, except landscape and naval
Commercial and industrial designers
Engineers
Engineering technicians
Landscape architects
Surveyors, cartographers, photogrammetrists, and surveying and mapping technicians

Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

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