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Studying for a Career in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) can be very rewarding both personally and financially. It is a fairly easy field to enter and offers very good opportunities for employment and job growth.

What is a CAD Operator?

A CAD operator performs the modern day version of what was once called drafting. As a CAD operator you will be responsible for taking the hand drawn sketches produced by architects, engineers, designers, etc. and transferring them into an electronic media; where they can be more easily updated and manipulated.


The requirements for entering the CAD field are straight forward. You will need to study at a school that offers a certificate, diploma, or degree in Computer Aided Drafting. These courses are normally two year programs but may be longer if you choose to specialize or if it is a bachelor's degree program.

Job Outlook

The job Outlook for people with CAD training is very good. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is expecting a 6 percent growth in the demand for CAD trained personal in fields as widely divergent as fashion design and electronics.

Computer aided drafting is one of higher paying fields at entry level and with many companies offering training and educational assistance it can also be wonderful stepping stone to professional careers such as becoming an architect, engineer, or designer.

With the wide array of fields that employee computer aided drafters, it should be an easy task to find an area of interest that appeals to you. From electronics firms to fashion designers, computer aided drafters are utilized in almost all walks of life, today. This should make the CAD field very appealing to anyone who is looking for an entry level position that offers good pay with minimum preparation and the possibility of excellent personal and professional growth.

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