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Drafters - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, drafters:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Communicate with others on a daily basis by telephone, e-mail, and in person. They also write letters and memos, but less often.
  • Have a medium level of job-required social interaction. Drafters work with customers and coworkers.
  • Usually work as part of a team of drafters and architects.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by the drafters they supervise.
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  • May on occasion be placed in conflict situations.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Almost always work indoors. May occasionally work outdoors to take measurements for buildings or utility systems.
  • May occasionally work in noisy environments.
  • Work near others, such as when sharing office space.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure jobs are done accurately and thoroughly. Errors could seriously endanger the users of structures or products.
  • Work in a somewhat competitive atmosphere where they must meet strict daily and weekly deadlines.
  • Make decisions that affect clients on a weekly or monthly basis. They usually consult a supervisor before deciding a course of action.
  • Set some of their daily tasks and goals, but usually speak to a supervisor first.
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  • Repeat the same physical and mental activities.


  • May work more than 40 hours a week to meet deadlines.
  • May travel to clients' offices or to buildings similar to those they will draw.
  • Generally work a set schedule.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.