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.
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.
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|
|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%|
|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.
Most drafters worked full time in 2016.