Architectural technologists and technicians research and prepare drawings/contracts for professional architects and civil design engineers.
A. Industrial designers create and produce designs for consumer, industrial, and business products.
B. Drafting technologists and technicians use computer-aided design and drafting (CAD) and other drafting equipment to prepare designs/drawings.
C. Land survey technologists and technicians conduct or participate in field surveys to determine exact locations/positions of natural features/other structures. This may include use of Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment.
D. Mapping and related technologists and technicians prepare maps, interpret aerial photographs, and operate airborne remote and in-house sensing/interpretive equipment and the Geographic Information System (GIS).
1. Architectural engineering and related services - 38.0%
2. Public administration - 8.0%
3. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 5.0%
4. Construction - 5.0%
5. Machinery manufacturing - 5.0%
6. Specialized design services - 4.0%
1. In general, you need a college, technical institute or university education, or specialized training.
2. To be a technologist, you usually need a two- to three-year college program in your area of work.
3. To be a technician, you usually need a one- to two-year college program in your area of work.
4. You may require certification by a professional or technical association and other memberships.
5. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma and almost 3 in 10 have an undergraduate university degree.
3. Computer-related courses
4. Graphic Design
The average hourly wages for Technical Occupations in Architecture, Drafting, Surveying and Mapping is $20.56/HR, which is below average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.