Career Attributes

  • $41,179
  • 99,600
  • 3.0
  • 8.1%
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Architecture
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Employers prefer applicants who have completed training in drafting, typically an associate’s degree from a technical institute or community college. Drafters who specialize in architecture may need a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.

Training differs somewhat within the drafting specialties, but the basics, such as mathematics, are similar. To prepare for this training, high school courses in mathematics, science, computer technology, design, computer graphics, and, where available, drafting, are useful.

Technical institutes offer focused technical training in topics such as design fundamentals, sketching, and CADD software. They award certificates or diplomas, and programs vary considerably in length and in the types of courses offered. Many technical institutes also offer associate’s degree programs.

Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes but typically include more classes in drafting theory and often require general education classes. Courses taken at community colleges are more likely to be accepted for credit at colleges or universities.

After completing an associate’s degree program, graduates may get jobs as drafters or continue their education in a related field at a four-year university. Most four-year programs do not offer training in drafting, but they do offer classes in engineering, architecture, and mathematics that are useful for obtaining a job as a drafter. Technical training in the military also can be applied in civilian drafting jobs. Some additional training may be necessary, depending on the technical area or military specialty.

What are Drafters like?


Based on our pool of users, Drafters tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Drafters by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 1015 CareerExplorer users

Are Drafters happy?


Drafters rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 29th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Drafter Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Drafters

The most common degree held by Drafters is Architecture. 18% of Drafters had a degree in Architecture before becoming Drafters. That is over 31 times the average across all careers. Mechanical Engineering graduates are the second most common among Drafters, representing 12% of Drafters in the CareerExplorer user base, which is 7.0 times the average.

Drafter Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Drafter, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Drafters % of population Multiple
Architecture 17.8% 0.6% 30.7×
Mechanical Engineering 11.7% 1.7% 7.0×
Interior Design 5.6% 0.5% 12.2×
Civil Engineering 5.3% 0.5% 10.5×
Industrial Engineering 4.7% 0.3% 14.3×
Fine Arts 3.9% 2.2% 1.8×
Computer Science 3.9% 2.9% 1.3×
Mathematics 3.3% 1.9% 1.8×
Business Management And Administration 2.8% 6.5% 0.4×
Liberal Arts 2.8% 1.9% 1.4×
3D Animation 2.8% 0.3% 9.9×
Electrical Engineering Technology 2.5% 0.2% 12.1×
Business 2.2% 2.6% 0.9×
General Engineering 2.2% 0.4% 5.7×
Architectural Engineering 2.2% 0.1% 40.5×
Graphic Design 2.2% 1.4% 1.6×
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies 1.9% 0.1% 16.9×
Marketing And Marketing Research 1.7% 2.2% 0.8×
Engineering Technologies 1.7% 0.1% 16.0×
Web Design 1.7% 0.4% 4.4×
Film Video And Photographic Arts 1.4% 0.7% 1.9×
Engineering Management 1.4% 0.2% 7.5×
Medical Administration 1.4% 0.2% 6.8×
Psychology 1.4% 7.0% 0.2×
Drama 1.1% 1.1% 1.1×
Studio Arts 1.1% 0.5% 2.1×
Miscellaneous Fine Arts 1.1% 0.2% 6.4×
Management Information Systems 1.1% 0.4% 2.6×
Electrical Engineering 1.1% 0.9% 1.3×
Engineering Mechanics Physics And Science 1.1% 0.1% 12.2×
Nursing 1.1% 0.5% 2.1×
Foreign Language Studies 1.1% 1.3% 0.8×
English Literature 1.1% 4.9% 0.2×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.1% 1.6% 0.7×

Drafter Education Levels

82% of Drafters have a bachelor's degree. 11% of Drafters have an associate's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 1%
Associate's degree 11%
Bachelor's degree 82%
Master's degree 6%
Doctorate degree 0%

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Career Attributes

  • $41,179
  • 99,600
  • 3.0
  • 8.1%
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Architecture
More Attributes