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How will your drafting education stack up?

If you want to study drafting at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. There are 930 traditional drafting schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had drafting programs were:

  1. Purdue University-Main Campus - located in West Lafayette, Indiana
  2. Rochester Institute of Technology - located in Rochester, New York
  3. Michigan Technological University - located in Houghton, Michigan

Student Demographics

In 2010, 13,616 students earned degrees in drafting in the US. Of these students, 5,170 received certifications in drafting, 8,426 received an undergraduate degree in drafting, and 20 received a graduate-level degree in drafting.


Students can pursue education in drafting at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Drafting
  • Bachelor's Degree in Drafting
  • Master's Degree in Drafting
  • Certificate in Drafting

During the course of their drafting education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Surveying
  • Analytical Skills
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Aided Drawing
  • Dexterity


Students at drafting schools around the nation paid an average of $11,262 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The drafting schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. Rochester Institute of Technology - located in Rochester, New York, students paid $29,283
  2. Suffolk University - located in Boston, Massachusetts, students paid $27,208
  3. Wentworth Institute of Technology - located in Boston, Massachusetts, students paid $22,725

The drafting schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. Traviss Career Center - located in Lakeland, Florida, students paid $2,845
  2. East Carolina University - located in Greenville, North Carolina, students paid $4,477
  3. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, Alaska, students paid $4,910

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of people working as a drafter will shrink by NaN%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 0 drafters working in the US. Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for drafters to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Wyoming - 0%
  2. Kentucky - 0%
  3. Texas - 0%


Drafters in the US can make an average of $NaN per year. However, factors such as education, your employer, or your boss can cause the salary for a drafter to vary greatly. The following states have the highest average salaries for a drafter:

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Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Architectural and Civil Drafters 89,670 $48,740 -11.3%
Mechanical Drafters 64,440 $51,200 -13.7%
Electrical and Electronics Drafters 27,960 $55,960 -7.6%
Drafters, All Other 15,210 $48,190 -27.1%