The Architectural Drafting and Design Technology program prepares graduates for employment in architectural and related fields. Students will use computer-aided drafting to prepare various architectural drawings of structures and equipment systems derived from layouts and sketches.
Salary & Growth
The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Area has included Architectural Drafting on its 2011 High Priority Occupations list. According to its data, entry-level architectural drafters make approximately $33,870, the average annual wage is $46,000 and the experienced drafters make approximately $52,100. Even though the employment opportunities from 2008–2018 will drop by 15.84%, the annual job openings will be approximately 29 per year1.
The 2010 state data shows salary ranges from $30,200 to $64,700. There is no growth in architectural drafting in Pennsylvania in the 2008–2018 decade; there will be a 9% decrease in job opportunities, dropping from 5,800 jobs to 5,300 job opportunities. Consequently there will only be about 170 job openings per year.2
The national outlook on Architectural Drafting varies according to the source used. The Occupational Outlook Handbook has a 4% increase of architectural drafting job opportunities between 2008–2018. That is a slower than average rate. The Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates a 9% increase in job openings which represents an average growth. National wages range from $30, 000 to $72,2003.
1 The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Area 2011 High Priority Occupation list
2 Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information & Analysis
3 Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010