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Occupation Title: Architectural & Civil Drafters

Description: 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. Utilize knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 17-3011

Sample Job Titles: Architect, Intern Architect, Drafter, Draftsman, Architectural Drafter, Project Manager, CAD Technician (Computer-Aided Design Technician), CADD Operator (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting Operator), Designer, Project Architect, Computer-Aided Design Technician (CAD Technician), Civil Drafter, Computer-Aided Design Designer (CAD Designer), Computer-Aided Design Operator (CAD Operator), Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Drafter (CADD Drafter), Drafting Technician, Draftsman, Draftsperson, Civil CAD Designer (Civil Computer Aided Design Designer), Civil CAD Tech (Civil Computer-Aided Design Technician) 

Salary Chart Architectural & Civil Drafters

Estimated Total Employment*
2010: 89,670
2011: 85,740
2012: 83,410
2013: 88,860
2014: 91,520

Data Source:
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2012-2022): 12,400
Projected Growth (2012-2022): -2-2%

(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. REC-0439914 and DRL-0910041 (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography).

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