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CAD/CADD Drafting Technology

654 Associates's Degrees Annually
165 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#65 in Popularity (Associate's)
$56,700 Median Salary

Types of Degrees CAD/CADD Drafting Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many CAD/CADD drafting and/or design technology/technician graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 1,369
Associate Degree 630
Undergraduate Certificate 364
Bachelor’s Degree 124

What CAD/CADD Drafting Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, CAD/CADD drafting tech majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for CAD/CADD Drafting Tech Majors

CAD/CADD Drafting Tech majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for CAD/CADD Drafting Tech Majors

When studying CAD/CADD drafting tech, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for CAD/CADD Drafting Tech Majors

As you progress with your CAD/CADD drafting tech degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a CAD/CADD Drafting Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with CAD/CADD drafting tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architectural Drafters 8.1% $54,920
Civil Drafters 8.1% $54,920
Drafters 8.2% $51,850
Electrical Drafters 6.9% $60,070
Electronic Drafters 6.9% $60,070
Mechanical Drafters 5.2% $55,920

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in CAD/CADD Drafting Technology?

630 Associate's Degrees Annually
21% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 79% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of CAD/CADD drafting tech majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 20
Black or African American 27
Hispanic or Latino 82
White 448
International Students 13
Other Races/Ethnicities 40

Geographic Diversity

CAD/CADD Drafting Tech appeals to people across the globe. About 2.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do CAD/CADD Drafting Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

CAD/CADD Drafting Tech majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $54,240 to $59,010 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with CAD/CADD drafting tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for CAD/CADD drafting tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 5.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 20.3%
Some College Courses 9.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 36.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 23.1%
Master’s Degree 4.9%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.0%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.0%

Online CAD/CADD Drafting Technology Programs

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 227 schools offered some type of CAD/CADD drafting and/or design technology/technician program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 103 4
Certificate (2-4 Years) 9 1
Associate’s Degree 117 6
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 3 1
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in CAD/CADD Drafting Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a CAD/CADD drafting tech grad is $56,700 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 42% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $336,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to CAD/CADD drafting tech.

Major Number of Grads
General Drafting & Design Technology 4,586
Architectural Drafting & Architectural CAD/CADD 1,249
Mechanical Drafting & Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 1,167
Civil Drafting & Civil Engineering CAD/CADD 105
Other Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies 73
Electrical/Electronics Drafting & Electrical/Electronics CAD/CADD 50
3-D Modeling and Design Technology 8

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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