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Drafting: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

Drafting: Draftsmen are artists skilled in technical drawing. The "skill" is to draw complex instructions precisely and accurately. The "art" is to arrange that information in a beautiful, eye pleasing way.

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Illinois has a population of 12,910,409, which has grown by 3.95% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," its capital is Springfield, though its largest city is Chicago. In 2008, there were a total of 7,657,328 jobs in Illinois. The average annual income was $42,540 in 2008, up from $41,720 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Roughly 26.1% of Illinois residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Illinois include construction machinery merchant wholesalers, beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, and nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Chicago Peregrine Release, the Dusable Museum of African American History, and the Chinatown Museum Foundation.


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Architectural Drafter

Architectural Drafters prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect. Architectural Drafters need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them. They also need to actively seek out need information and learn from it.
CAD/CAM Specialist

CAD/CAM Specialists prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, and other engineering information. CAD/CAM Specialists need to determine which tools and techniques should be applied to solve a problem or deal with a situation. They also need to use core mathematical skills in problem solving.
Civil Draftsman

Civil Draftsmen prepare drawings and topographical and relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, pipelines, flood control projects, and water and sewerage control systems. Civil Draftsmen need to use core mathematical skills in problem solving. They also need to read and understand what has been read.