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Career and Education Opportunities for Architectural Drafters in Oregon

Oregon has a population of 3,825,657, which has grown by 11.82% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Beaver State," its capital is Salem, though its most populous city is Portland.

About 1,660 people are currently employed as architectural drafters in Oregon. By 2016, this is expected to grow 21% to about 2,000 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for architectural drafters are expected to grow by about 9.1%. Architectural drafters generally prepare detailed drawings of architectural designs and plans for buildings and structures according to specifications provided by architect.

A person working as an architectural drafter can expect to earn about $19 hourly or $41,320 per year on average in Oregon and about $21 per hour or $44,490 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Architectural drafters earn less than people working in the category of Drafting generally in Oregon and less than people in the Drafting category nationally. Architectural drafters work in a variety of jobs, including: commercial drafter, truss designer, and marine drafter.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,339,488 jobs in Oregon. The average annual income was $36,365 in 2008, up from $35,737 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Oregon was 11.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.6% since the previous year. Roughly 25.1% of Oregon residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Oregon include wood product manufacturing, lumber construction materials merchant wholesalers, and lumber, plywood, millwork, and wood panel merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist destinations include the Hippo Hardware & Trading Company, the OMSI Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and the Milwaukie Museum.

CITIES WITH Architectural Drafter OPPORTUNITIES IN Oregon


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 Oregon 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: Oregon

Oregon
Oregon photo by Kelvin Kay

Oregon has a population of 3,825,657, which has grown by 11.82% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Beaver State," its capital is Salem, though its biggest city is Portland. In 2008, there were a total of 2,339,488 jobs in Oregon. The average annual income was $36,365 in 2008, up from $35,737 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Oregon was 11.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.6% since the previous year. About 25.1% of Oregon residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Oregon include wood product manufacturing, lumber construction materials merchant wholesalers, and lumber, plywood, millwork, and wood panel merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Children's Museum 2nd Generation, the 3D Center of Art & Photography, and the Northwest Film Center.