Getting an online education is easier than ever. More schools offer online classes every year, with some even offering full degree programs, providing students the flexibility to pursue course work at their own convenience. Technical and trade school classes are no exception, with programs offered in a range of careers, including drafting and design. Graduates with a drafting degree or diploma can enter fields like electronics and work on designing circuit boards for computers or other consumer products. Draftsmen can also work in fields like civil engineering, working on building projects, water and gas lines, or creating maps for civil projects. Other drafting careers include jobs in aeronautics and product design. Salaries for draftsmen can fluctuate, with an entry level draftsman holding an associate's degree averaging around $30,000 annually. Those with specialized and more advanced degrees, like a degree in structural engineering, can expect to earn over $50,000 a year. Median salaries are around $40,000 yearly, with experienced draftsmen earning as much as $90,000 in a year's time, depending on the field.
"A candidate in drafting should have a strong background in math and computer skills. High school level drafting classes are a plus. Students will learn to use AutoCAD, the industry's standard software application in 2D and 3D design. They will also learn to use complex scientific calculators and to work with specialized drafting instruments. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the federal government's leading jobs agency, a career in drafting should offer above average hiring prospects for the next ten years. Stronger prospects are seen in the electronics and and civil engineering sector, with weaker opportunities in the manufacturing field, including aeronautics."
Those pursuing an associate's degree in drafting, the most common degree in the profession, will be able to pursue many of their elective classes and some core coursework online. In order to finish the degree, however, it is likely students will have to attend some on-campus classes. For those interested in engineering, design and construction, a drafting degree may hold the key to the ideal job. With the ability today to attend classes at your convenience, earning a degree in drafting can be easier than ever.