Computer Aided Drafting and Design is now a major industrial art used extensively in many applications and industries, including automotive, shipbuilding, apparel manufacturing, aerospace, medical imaging, architectural and interior design, and an assortment of other industries. Today even perfume bottles and shampoo dispensers are designed using CADD techniques unheard of by engineers just a few decades ago. CADD is now also widely used in the design of tools and machinery and in the drafting and design of a variety of buildings from small residential homes to the largest commercial and industrial structures such as hospitals, factories, and bridges. CADD is also used to produce computer animation for special effects in movies, advertising, and technical manuals.
Those with advanced CADD knowledge and software skills will be valued in the workplace of today, and going forward.
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According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational handbook, the median annual wage for drafters was $49,630 in 2012.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that employment of industrial designers was expected to grow 10% between 2010 and 2020, while drafters would only see a limited increase. The best opportunities should arise for drafters with experience and formal training using
CADD technology. In 2012, industrial and commercial designers had an annual mean wage of $62,430. Architectural and civil drafters earned an average salary of $50,550, while mechanical drafters had an average salary of $53,270.