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Electrical Drafting & CAD/CADD

28 Associates's Degrees Annually
#176 in Popularity (Associate's)
$64,400 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Electrical Drafting & CAD/CADD Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many electrical/electronics drafting and electrical/electronics CAD/CADD graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 28
Basic Certificate 20
Undergraduate Certificate 12

What Electrical Drafting & CAD/CADD Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to electrical/electronics drafting and electrical/electronics CAD/CADD were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Electrical/Electronics Drafting and Electrical/Electronics CAD/CADD Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in electrical/electronics drafting and electrical/electronics CAD/CADD should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • 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.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • 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 Electrical/Electronics Drafting and Electrical/Electronics CAD/CADD Majors

A major in electrical/electronics drafting and electrical/electronics CAD/CADD prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Electrical/Electronics Drafting and Electrical/Electronics CAD/CADD Majors

A major in electrical/electronics drafting and electrical/electronics CAD/CADD will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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

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

Below is a list of occupations associated with electrical/electronics drafting and electrical/electronics CAD/CADD:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Electrical Drafters 6.9% $60,070
Electronic Drafters 6.9% $60,070

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

28 Associate's Degrees Annually
14% Percent Women
32% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 86% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 19
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

How Much Do Electrical Drafting & CAD/CADD Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to electrical/electronics drafting and electrical/electronics CAD/CADD is $64,400. This median refers to 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 degrees associated with electrical/electronics drafting and electrical/electronics CAD/CADD may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 11.1%
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) 32.4%
Some College Courses 8.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 28.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 17.2%
Master’s Degree 1.7%

Online Electrical Drafting & CAD/CADD Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 schools offered some type of electrical/electronics drafting and electrical/electronics CAD/CADD 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) 6 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 5 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 9 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 6 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Electrical Drafting & CAD/CADD Worth It?

The median salary for a electrical/electronics drafting and electrical/electronics CAD/CADD grad is $64,400 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 61% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $490,000 after 20 years!

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

Major Number of Grads
General Drafting & Design Technology/Technician 5,247
CAD/CADD Drafting &/or Design Technology/Technician 2,518
Architectural Drafting & Architectural CAD/CADD 1,266
Mechanical Drafting & Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 1,255
Other Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians 140
Civil Drafting & Civil Engineering CAD/CADD 92

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.

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