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Architectural Drafters

Also called: Architectural Designer, Detailer, Drafter, Draftsman

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What they do:
Prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.
On the job, you would:
  • Operate computer-aided drafting (CAD) equipment or conventional drafting station to produce designs, working drawings, charts, forms, and records.
  • Coordinate structural, electrical, and mechanical designs and determine a method of presentation to graphically represent building plans.
  • Analyze building codes, by-laws, space and site requirements, and other technical documents and reports to determine their effect on architectural designs.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • design
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • sales and marketing

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Innovation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Bentley MicroStation Hot Technology
  • Trimble SketchUp Pro Hot Technology
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Hot Technology
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot Technology
Development environment software
  • C
  • Microsoft .NET Framework Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$54,920
$35,020
$80,880

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