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Overall employment of drafters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026. Employment growth will vary by specialty.

Growth in the engineering services and construction industries is expected to account for most new jobs for drafters. However, computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling.

Job Prospects

Overall competition for jobs is expected to be strong.

Demand for particular drafting specialties varies across the country because jobs depend on the needs of local industries. Job prospects for mechanical drafters should be best in large manufacturing hubs.

Because many drafting jobs are in construction and manufacturing, job opportunities for drafters will be sensitive to fluctuations in the overall economy.


Work Environment

Drafters spend much of their time working on computers using specialized software in an office.

Drafters held about 207,700 jobs in 2016. Employment in the detailed occupations that make up drafters was distributed as follows:

Architectural and civil drafters 99,600
Mechanical drafters 64,800
Electrical and electronics drafters 27,400
Drafters, all other 15,900

The largest employers of drafters were as follows:

Architectural, engineering, and related services 49%
Manufacturing 25
Construction 9
Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services 4

Although drafters spend much of their time working on computers in an office, some may visit jobsites to collaborate with architects and engineers.

Work Schedules

Most drafters worked full time in 2016.