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Occupational Employment Statistics


17-3011 Architectural and Civil Drafters

Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southwest Minnesota 12021$28.52/hr$23.80/hr$24.27/hr$29.78/hr$30.61/hr$36.87/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities40$32.74/hr
Professional and Business Services1,210$31.01/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/A$32.55/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 40$29.51/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 50$26.12/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 60$25.44/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 60$29.87/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 80$29.78/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 80$31.90/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 80$29.01/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 80$25.21/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 90$29.17/hr2.0%
Southwest Minnesota 120$29.78/hr3.6%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 130$24.73/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 130$30.36/hr0.0%
Southeast Minnesota 130$29.94/hr9.2%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 140$30.36/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 180$29.27/hr3.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,170$31.35/hr-1.5%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,280$31.34/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,850$30.90/hr-0.6%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians 1,370$34.54/hr1.8%
Electrical and Electronics Drafters 240$33.38/hrN/A
Mechanical Drafters 1,690$31.92/hr-4.6%

  • Produce drawings, using computer-assisted drafting systems (CAD) or drafting machines, or by hand, using compasses, dividers, protractors, triangles, and other drafting devices.
  • Draft plans and detailed drawings for structures, installations, and construction projects, such as highways, sewage disposal systems, and dikes, working from sketches or notes.
  • Finish and duplicate drawings and documentation packages according to required mediums and specifications for reproduction, using blueprinting, photography, or other duplicating methods.
  • Create freehand drawings and lettering to accompany drawings.
  • Explain drawings to production or construction teams and provide adjustments as necessary.
  • Draw maps, diagrams, and profiles, using cross-sections and surveys, to represent elevations, topographical contours, subsurface formations, and structures.
  • Plot characteristics of boreholes for oil and gas wells from photographic subsurface survey recordings and other data, representing depth, degree, and direction of inclination.
  • Obtain and assemble data to complete architectural designs, visiting job sites to compile measurements as necessary.
  • Determine procedures and instructions to be followed, according to design specifications and quantity of required materials.
  • Draw rough and detailed scale plans for foundations, buildings, and structures, based on preliminary concepts, sketches, engineering calculations, specification sheets, and other data.