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Drafting: Career and Education Opportunities in Iowa

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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Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines. In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Italian, and the Hubbell Historical Center.


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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.