The U.S. Department of Labor predicts overall employment for drafters to experience little or no change through 2022. Increasing use of CAD technology will limit the demand for less skilled drafters, but industrial growth and more complex designs of new products and manufacturing processes will create some demand for drafting services. In addition, drafters are beginning to break out of the traditional drafting role and increasingly do work traditionally performed by engineers and architects. Job openings will be available as drafters leave the field for other positions or retirement. More opportunities will be available for drafters with strong technical skills in CAD.

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