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Drafting: Career and Education Opportunities in South Dakota

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.

South Dakota
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South Dakota has a population of 812,383, which has grown by 7.62% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Mount Rushmore State," its capital is Pierre, though its most populous city is Sioux Falls. In 2008, there were a total of 566,490 jobs in South Dakota. The average annual income was $38,644 in 2008, up from $36,428 the previous year. The unemployment rate in South Dakota was 4.8% in 2009, which has grown by 1.7% since the previous year. Roughly 21.5% of South Dakota residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in South Dakota include nonstore retailers, gasoline stations with convenience stores, and sign manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Pettigrew Home & Museum, the Sioux Falls City, and the Old Courthouse Museum.


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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.
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.