$75,490 earning potential
Computer-aided design (CAD) or computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) drafters take the vision of an architect or engineer and use computer software to create 2D design drawings or 3D simulations to aid in production. Drafters can work in a broad range of fields, so their designs could lead to sleek electronics or towering buildings.
You’re detail-oriented with an eye for the fine print
You’re creative or artistic
You have good communication skills
You’re good with computers
You have a positive, "can do" attitude
Where I trained: Arkansas State University – Beebe
What I Earned: Associate degree in computer-aided drafting and design
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Expected growth from 2016 to 2026 in Arkansas
"I get to see a whole room come to life on my screen and see how it would be enjoyed."
Whenever something is designed, you have to take in to consideration fabrication, assembly, and function to be able to truly make a good design."
Mechanical drafters, electrical drafters, civil drafters, commercial and industrial designers, mapping technicians
I like being able to design something from scratch and seeing it through all the way until it’s a finished product. I also like being able to think of an idea, turn it into a reality, and hold it in my hand."