Drafters


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Occupation is in demand for the following regions: Northeast, Career Cluster
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Drafters

Drafters - Employment & Outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this occupation in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Employment

Major employers:

  • Engineering and architectural firms
  • Construction companies
  • Machinery manufacturers

Outlook

Demand is expected to decline for drafters. As architects and engineers become more familiar with CAD programs, less work is available for drafters. Growth for mechanical drafters will vary depending on the economy. 

Competition is strong for all types of drafters. More people are graduating from training programs and exceed the number of job openings. Job prospects are best for people with formal training and certifications.

Drafters (CIS 100301)

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Illinois
7,113
Large
&
5.6%
5.8%
>>>>
650
High
  Champaign Area
106
Medium
&
9.4%
7.0%
>>>>
9
Moderate
  Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area
113
Medium
&
8.8%
5.0%
>>>>
10
Moderate
  Cook County
3,222
Large
&
4.3%
5.6%
>>>>
289
High
  Decatur Area
63
Medium
&
9.5%
7.0%
>>>>
5
Moderate
  DeKalb-Elgin-Aurora Area
331
Large
&
10.9%
9.7%
>>>>
32
High
  Du Page County
976
Large
&
1.4%
5.4%
>>>>
81
High
  Edwardsville Area
159
Large
&
2.5%
5.1%
>>>>
13
High
  Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area
40
Medium
&
0.0%
7.0%
>>>>
2
Very few
  Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area
60
Medium
&
10.0%
5.2%
>>>>
5
Few
  Lake County
360
Large
&
8.1%
8.6%
>>>>
34
High
  McHenry County
128
Large
&
6.2%
6.8%
>>>>
10
Moderate
  Mt Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area
52
Medium
&
11.5%
6.8%
>>>>
5
Few
  Northwest Illinois Area
126
Large
&
7.9%
3.6%
>>>>
12
Moderate
  Peoria-Bloomington Area
329
Large
&
9.7%
7.3%
>>>>
32
High
  Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area
59
Medium
&
3.4%
4.3%
>>>>
4
Few
  Rock Island-Moline Area
113
Medium
&
10.6%
5.7%
>>>>
11
Moderate
  Rockford Area
235
Large
&
8.1%
7.6%
>>>>
22
High
  Shawnee National Forest Area
42
Medium
&
9.5%
2.4%
>>>>
3
Few
  Springfield Area
110
Medium
&
4.5%
4.7%
>>>>
9
Moderate
  St Louis-Belleville Area
154
Large
&
8.4%
6.4%
>>>>
15
High
  Vermilion County
9
Very small
&
0.0%
4.9%
>>>>
0
None
  Will County
287
Large
&
11.5%
9.1%
>>>>
29
High
United States
185,700
Large
&
-3.9%
3.7%
>>>>
15,000
High
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.