Architectural and Civil Drafters

risk level
Based on 239 votes
-1.2 %
by year 2032
or $28.76 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

32% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

User poll

52% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, employees may be able to find reassurance in the automated risk level we have generated, which shows 32% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Architectural and Civil Drafters will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Architectural and Civil Drafters' job openings is expected to decline 1.2% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Architectural and Civil Drafters' was $59,820, or $28 per hour

'Architectural and Civil Drafters' were paid 29.2% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 105,960 people employed as 'Architectural and Civil Drafters' within the United States.

This represents around 0.07% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Architectural and Civil Drafters'.

Job 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.

SOC Code: 17-3011.00


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David (Low) says
Architecture is a career based largely on design and expression, generating environments that try to convey sensations to the people who inhabit those places, robots would not have real feelings to be able to understand and generate that.
Nov 14, 2020 at 08:06 PM
Yannick Castella (Low) says
To make a good Civil Draftsman you need a certain ingenuity and imagination to get new and optimised solutions.

Therefore a Robot would need a human-like mind to do this job which is why I think it is very unlikely that a robot will take my job.
Feb 10, 2020 at 04:18 PM
a (Highly likely) says
Automation of drafting is higly likely. Can be made today. People controling the final building model and drawings will still be needed though.
Sep 11, 2019 at 09:16 AM
Nima Fatemi (Highly likely) says
As a researcher in the mentioned area, I strongly believe architectural drafting will be a distant memory as machines are much better than us in correcting and devising plans.
May 29, 2019 at 09:35 AM

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