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Computer-Aided Design Drafters and Technicians

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Computer-aided design (CAD) drafters and technicians, sometimes called CAD operators, use computer-based systems to produce or revise technical illustrations needed in the design and development of machines, products, buildings, electronic components, manufacturing processes, and other work. They use CAD (also known as CADD, computer-aided design and drafting) machinery to manipulate and create design concepts so that they are feasible to produce and use in the real world. Approximately 205,190 drafters work in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On

Problem-Solving

Technical

Career Ladder
Data Processing Manager, or CAD Engineer, or CAD Designer

Experienced CAD Drafter/Technician

Entry-Level CAD Drafter/Technician

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