If you are interested in a career as a drafter, begin your preparation in high school. Load up on mathematics classes—especially algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. If your school offers courses in mechanical drawing, take this class, too. If mechanical drawing is not available, take some art classes. Wood, metal, or electrical shop may be helpful, depending on the field specialty in which you're interested. Geography or earth science courses are also useful. Finally, enroll in any computer classes you can (especially those in computer-aided design); increased familiarity with technology will strengthen your job prospects.

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