Architectural and Civil Drafters

General Information


Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit90.41%
  2. Self-employed6.39%
  3. State and local government2.57%
  4. Federal government0.28%
  5. Private, not for profit0.13%

Job Outlook

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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