Civil Drafters

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What do they do?

Prepare drawings and topographical and relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, pipelines, flood control projects, and water and sewerage control systems.

Also known as:

Civil Designer, Civil Drafter, Computer-Aided Design Designer (CAD Designer), Computer-Aided Design Drafter (CAD Drafter), Computer-Aided Design Operator (CAD Operator), Computer-Aided Design Technician (CAD Technician), Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Drafter (CADD Drafter), Computer-Aided Drafting Designer (CAD Designer), Designer, Drafting Technician, Draftsman, Draftsperson

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Architectural and Civil Drafters in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Architectural and Civil Drafters is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 1.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #36 in job growth rate
  • 280

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #13 in net job growth
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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Civil Drafters:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.7%)
  • Master's degree (3.7%)
  • Bachelor's degree (23.2%)
  • Associate's degree (31.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (28.6%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (11.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.8%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Create graphical representations of civil structures.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality.
  • Create maps.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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