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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 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 25
Basic Certificate 21
Undergraduate Certificate 4

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

electrical/electronics drafting and electrical/electronics CAD/CADD majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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

Electrical/Electronics Drafting and Electrical/Electronics CAD/CADD majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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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?

25 Associate's Degrees Annually
12% Percent Women
32% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 88% 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 3
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 4
White 17
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

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 you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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. 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 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 2019-2020, 14 schools offered a electrical/electronics drafting and electrical/electronics CAD/CADD program of some type. 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) 4 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 9 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 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 4,586
CAD/CADD Drafting &/or Design Technology 2,532
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
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.

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