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Drafting: Career and Education Opportunities in Pennsylvania

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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Pennsylvania has a population of 12,604,767, which has grown by 2.64% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Keystone State," its capital is Harrisburg, though its most populous city is Philadelphia. In 2008, there were a total of 7,407,409 jobs in Pennsylvania. The average annual income was $39,762 in 2008, up from $38,738 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 8.1% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 22.4% of Pennsylvania residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Pennsylvania include railroad rolling stock manufacturing, women's' cut apparel manufacturing, and community care facilities for the elderly. Notable tourist destinations include the Marian Anderson Residence Museum, the American Interfaith Institute, and the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.


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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.