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Career and Education Opportunities for Architectural Drafters in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has a population of 1,324,575, which has grown by 7.18% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Granite State," its capital is Concord, though its largest city is Manchester.

There are currently 520 working architectural drafters in New Hampshire; this should grow by 6% to about 550 working architectural drafters in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for architectural drafters, which sees this job pool growing by about 9.1% over the next eight years. In general, architectural drafters prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.

Architectural drafters earn approximately $21 hourly or $44,500 per year on average in New Hampshire. Nationally they average about $21 per hour or $44,490 annually. Compared with people working in the overall category of Drafting, people working as architectural drafters in New Hampshire earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Drafting nationally. Architectural drafters work in a variety of jobs, including: cadd operator , commercial drafter, and detailer.

In 2008, there were a total of 857,040 jobs in New Hampshire. The average annual income was $43,423 in 2008, up from $42,665 in 2007. The unemployment rate in New Hampshire was 6.3% in 2009, which has grown by 2.4% since the previous year. About 28.7% of New Hampshire residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New Hampshire include retail trade, motor vehicle dealers, and automobile dealers. Notable tourist destinations include the NH Institute of Art, the Tri, and the Sargent Museum.

CITIES WITH Architectural Drafter OPPORTUNITIES IN New Hampshire


JOB DESCRIPTION: Architectural Drafter

In general, architectural drafters prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.

Every day, architectural drafters are expected to be able to visualize how things come together and can be organized. They need to think through problems and come up with general rules. It is also important that they see details at a very fine level of focus.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in New Hampshire include:

  • CAD/CAM Specialist. Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, and other engineering information.
  • Civil Draftsman. 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 Engineering Technician. Apply theory and principles of civil engineering in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of structures and facilities under the direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.
  • Equipment Engineering Technician. Apply electrical theory and related knowledge to test and modify developmental or operational electrical machinery and electrical control equipment and circuitry in industrial or commercial plants and laboratories. Usually work under direction of engineering staff.
  • Mechanical Engineer. Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, and repair of such equipment as centralized heat, gas, and steam systems.

LOCATION INFORMATION: New Hampshire

New Hampshire
New Hampshire photo by JohnJHenderson

New Hampshire has a population of 1,324,575, which has grown by 7.18% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Granite State," its capital is Concord, though its biggest city is Manchester. In 2008, there were a total of 857,040 jobs in New Hampshire. The average annual income was $43,423 in 2008, up from $42,665 the previous year. The unemployment rate in New Hampshire was 6.3% in 2009, which has grown by 2.4% since the previous year. Approximately 28.7% of New Hampshire residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New Hampshire include retail trade, motor vehicle dealers, and automobile dealers. Notable tourist attractions include the Tri, the Queen City Speedway, and the See.