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Drafting Schools

There are 920 accredited drafting schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of drafting classes at one of these schools, you play a important role in shaping the future of this growing field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the drafting academic community and the future trends. Academia in drafting includes drafting training at the following levels:

  • Drafting Certificate
  • Associates degree in Drafting
  • Bachelors degree in Drafting
  • Masters degree in Drafting


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Drafting professionals

235,300 241,350 245,410 226,090 197,280
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

There were 197,280 drafting professionals working in the US in 2010. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has shrunk by 16%.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. Over the next 7 years, this trend is expected to slow down.

National Salary percentiles for Drafting professionals

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25th percentile
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90th percentile

Drafting professionals in the US earned a median salary of $48,340 per year in 2010. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for drafting professionals in the US was 25% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Drafting

$43,888 $45,498 $46,845 $47,698 $48,340
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Drafting professionals' salaries have grown by 10% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Drafting Student enrollment growth by degree

6,617 6,608 7,072 7,866 8,103
229 219 288 287 323
0 0 0 0 0
8 17 15 9 20
4,640 4,681 5,136 5,283 5,170
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Drafting
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Drafting
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Drafting
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Drafting
  • Grey: Certificate in Drafting

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for drafting professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In 2006, 11,494 students graduated from drafting degree programs in the US. In 2010, 13,616 students graduated from drafting schools.

This represents a 18% change in 4 years. The growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general has been 12% from 2006 to 2010. Thus, the growth in the number of students graduating from drafting courses is greater than the change in the number of students graduating in all disciplines in the US.

Drafting Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering drafting programs has decreased. There were 922 drafting schools across the country in 2006. And there were 920 schools in 2010.

Drafting Faculty Salaries

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Currently we are in the process of collecting data for the number of drafting faculty, growth in the field of drafting academia and faculty salaries. We would appreciate your help. If you are involved in teaching drafting courses to students at the certificate in drafting, associates degree in drafting, bachelors degree in drafting, and masters degree in drafting levels, please take a moment to anonymously submit your information to help us build a valuable database resource for the benefit of current and future faculty in the field of drafting. A summary of the information we have collected thus far will appear once you submit your information.


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