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Computer-Aided Design Drafters and Technicians


Computer-aided design (CAD) drafters and technicians, sometimes called CAD operators, use computer-based systems to produce or revise technical illustrations needed in the design and development of machines, products, buildings, electronic components, manufacturing processes, and other work. They use CAD (also known as CADD, computer-aided design and drafting) machinery to manipulate and create design concepts so that they are feasible to produce and use in the real world. Approximately 199,900 drafters work in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On



Career Ladder
Data Processing Manager, or CAD Engineer, or CAD Designer

Experienced CAD Drafter/Technician

Entry-Level CAD Drafter/Technician

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