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Occupational Summary for Architectural and Civil Drafters (17-3011)
Oregon Statewide

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Description: Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.
Employment Projections
Region Employment Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 1,267 1,301 3 17 20
Current Job Openings
Job Title Location Order Number Wage Offered
Architectural Drafter/Modeler Portland 1255714 $42,000/yr to $55,000/yr DOE
Truss Designer II Beaverton 1247922
Drafter/CAD Designer Hillsboro 1247736 DOE
Truss Designer II (FSA) (OJT) Beaverton 1247663 DOE
Civil Designer/CADD DRAFTER Bend 1198450
Civil CAD Designer/ Drafter Payette 1190421 DOE
Civil Designer/CADD DRAFTER Portland 1179267
Wages
Region ----- 2014 Wages -----
Median Hourly Avg
Annual
Middle Range
Oregon Statewide $23.85 $51,449 $20.13 - 28.79
Industries of Employment
private sector only
Industry 2012
Employment
Total All Industries 1,267
Total All Industries 1,199
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 815
Manufacturing 190
Management of Companies and Enterprises 114
Construction 44
Wholesale Trade 12
Occupations with Similar Skills
Occupation Skill Overlap
Drafters, All Other 74%
Civil Engineering Technicians 56%
Electrical And Electronics Drafters 46%
Mechanical Drafters 45%
Surveying And Mapping Technicians 41%
Statewide Employment Analysis
Employment in this occupation in 2012 was at about the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be at about the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a much slower rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable, but limited, employment opportunities exist for trained workers largely due to the need to fill replacement openings.

Educational Requirements
The typical entry level education for this occupation is a postsecondary non-degree award.