Architectural and Civil Drafters (17-3011)

Occupation description:  Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 183191 4.46 1017
United States 99,600107,700 8.13,100 5,6009,510

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 27.9217.2621.59 27.0933.2039.54
Alaska 31.8921.5124.89 32.1737.8544.02
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 32.4621.6324.75 33.1338.5144.98

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
20712 5.840.3 30.3
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation36
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation8
UI claimants previously working in occupation15
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 144
Number of job position postings 12
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 12.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Associate's degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

Construction Technology

Water, Buildings, and Architects

Alaska Computer Business Solutions LLC   (Anchorage)
AutoCAD 2018 Level 1 Essentials
AutoCAD 2018 Level 2 Beyond the Basics
AutoCAD 2018 Level 3 Advanced
Revit Architecture 2017 L1 Fundamentals
Revit Architecture 2019 L1 Fundamentals

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Architectural Drafting CT1
Architectural Technology CT1
Architecture & Engineer Technology AAS
CAD for Building Construction OEC
Civil Technology CT1
Structural Drafting CT1
Structural Drafting CT2

University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Architectural Drafting CT1
CAD for Building Construction OEC
Civil Drafting CT1
Structural Drafting CT1

University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Drafting Technology CT2

University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Drafting Technology CT1
Residential Building Science CER
Residential Building Science OEC

Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Drafting with AutoCAD

Wisdom & Associates, Inc.   (Kenai)
Introduction to Building Science