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 $57,960 in May 2020.
Employment of drafters is projected to decline 4 percent from 2019 to 2029. Employment growth will vary by specialty.