Mechanical Drafters

3.6/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $28.94 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 48% (Start worrying)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Mechanical Drafters' job openings is expected to decline by -8.5% by 2031
'Mechanical Drafters' is expected to be a very slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Mechanical Drafters' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Mechanical Drafters' was $60,200, or $28.94 hourly
'Mechanical Drafters' are paid 31.6% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as mechanical drafters?

As of 2021 there were 47,760 people employed as Mechanical Drafters within the United States.
This represents around 0.03% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as Mechanical Drafters.

Job description

Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.

SOC Code: 17-3013.00


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Willis (Small chance) says
It is quite thought involved process. AI currently is set order of instructions.
Apr 10, 2021 at 06:18 PM
Ryan (No chance) says
To much creativity involved in designing something completely bespoke but automations with drawings from models created by humans and CNC programs will become more and more automated by AI.
Apr 09, 2021 at 11:45 PM
Jimmy says
The job of mechanical drafter won't be fully automated or replaced by IA ,but powerful software like driveworks ,are going to be the new standard on almost every company around the world and eventually those software will lowered the workforce and maybe the salary.
Apr 23, 2020 at 01:54 AM
Joe (Highly likely) says
Criteria based
Oct 18, 2019 at 01:17 AM
D (Could go either way) says
lots of inputs that aren't very machine compatible
Oct 08, 2019 at 09:28 PM

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