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Drafting & Design Industry Outlook

By Brighton College on January 20th, 2012 in Civil Infrastructure Design, Local News

Looking at the Drafting and Design sector will provide some key information for graduates and current students who are looking to enter the workforce in the coming months. This field offers a variety of opportunities for well paying, secure, and challenging employment. We’ll explore key factors in this review, such as wages, job descriptions, titles, and much more.


Entry-level positions could be as low as $16/hr, whereas intermediate positions (depending on the job title) would be in the $20 – 25$/hr range.  Graduates with prior university experience can expect to start at the mid-range level, or higher, if they have more extensive, related international work experience.

On the low end, wages settled in around $15.60 per hour, this was in entry-level positions and rare cases. The average salary was closer to $21.45 per hour and this was much more common throughout the field. Hourly wages were recorded as high as $35.78 per hour in this sector in most cases, exceeding that in executive or highly experience positions.

Outlook & Prospects:

For the next 10 years, this sector seems to be projected as an area of employment growth for the province of BC. Its unemployment rate has risen slightly over the past few years, but that is not anticipated to continue or affect the emergence of career opportunities in this field.

Main Duties:

The main job duties in this sector can include developing engineering drawings and designs, sketches, and concepts, as well as working with AutoCAD development software, as well as interpreting, preparing and analyzing technical reports. This sector can have a multitude of job titles that are associated with it, so job duties and responsibilities can be quite spread out depending on the role.

Skills & Training:

Education, skills, and training that are required to pursue employment in this field are generally the same for entry-level positions. Secondary school completion with a diploma program of drafting, design, architectural or engineering program is a requirement. If you possess the above and also can demonstrate a great working knowledge of the technical aspects of these positions as well as the skills required to properly utilize AutoCAD and other drafting software you should be qualified to enter the workforce in this sector.

Overall Outlook:

It looks as though there is significant opportunity in this sector and drafting jobs are available throughout BC for qualified applicants. For the coming years, most job seekers and individuals who successfully gain employment in this field are expected to come directly out of school.

Written by:

Darren Prasad

Web Marketing Coordinator

For comments, questions, or feedback please email Darren@brightoncollege.ca