Why Computer-Aided Design (CAD) is in High Demand
It is likely you have heard of software programs like AutoCAD and SolidWorks, and even if you haven’t, you have seen the work of CAD drafters. This is because Computer-Aided Drafting and Design is being used more and more frequently. As more industries rely on employees who are skilled in using computer drafting programs, the job outlook for individuals who receive an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design is good.
CAD is Used Across Industries
Computer drafting programs, such as AutoCAD, Revit, and SolidWorks, are used across various industries. Therefore, CAD drafters and designers can work in many different places. Typically, people associated drafters with architecture. While drafters can certainly find a job as a CAD drafter in an architectural firm, drafters are also sought after in industries such as engineering, construction, and interior design.
Everything is Going Digital
Everything in today’s world is going digital. Computer drafting programs make it easier to draft and design plans for everything from highways to electrical wiring diagrams to home layouts. Even interior design firms now rely on drafters to design interior spaces.
As Career Planner explains, “Although some sketches or drawings may be freehand, most interior designers use computer-aided design (CAD) software for the majority of their drawings. Throughout the design process, interior designers often use building information modeling (BIM) software to create three-dimensional visualizations that include construction elements such as walls or roofs.”
Increased Demand for Drafters
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the expected growth for drafters is expected to grow by “7 percent from 2016 to 2026.” This is a result of “increased construction activity [which] is projected to drive demand for drafters.”
In addition to increased construction activity and the growth of digital dependence, the engineering industry continues to grow. As engineering continues to grow, there will be an increased demand for professionals who can draw engineering plans using computer-aided software.
LA ORT Teaches Computer Drafting and Design (CAD Design) Skills Needed in Various Industries
LA ORT strives to prepare our students for success in a variety of work environments. Since students who enroll in our Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Degree program, may work in a variety of industries, our program teaches students architectural drafting and design, mechanical drafting, electrical drafting, and interior drafting and design. If you are ready to put your design and computer skills to work, visit www.LAORT.edu or call the ORT career college in Los Angeles at (800) 998-2678 to enroll today!