The U.S. Department of Labor predicts overall employment for drafters to increase more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2020. 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. Employment for drafters fluctuates with the economy, however. During recessions, fewer buildings and manufactured products are designed, which could reduce the need for drafters in architectural, engineering, and manufacturing firms.

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