|Quick Facts: Drafters|
$60,290 per year
$28.99 per hour
Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings.
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.
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 $60,290 in May 2021.
Overall employment of drafters is projected to decline 2 percent from 2020 to 2030.
Despite declining employment, about 17,500 openings for drafters are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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