4 Careers that Use AutoCAD | Requirements and Salaries

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An Article by contributor Gigi Wara.

AutoCAD is a software that is used to make computer-aided designs and drafts. It is used to build blueprints for a variety of things such as buildings and various items. Three dimensional models and two dimensional drawings are made from this program. The software is frequently used in many different occupations. Here are four amazing careers that use CAD.

Industrial Design

There are many CAD design careers. One design career that utilizes CAD is industrial design. People who work in the field of industrial design create various products. Usually, an industrial designer will specialize in creating specific types of items using CAD, such as toys, furniture and automobiles. The job of an industrial designer is to create products that look good and fulfill specific purposes.

A person who chooses to go into industrial design should get a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.

Salary: In the United States of America, the average annual salary of a person working in industrial design is $66,163 (as of February 2019). Salaries can be as low as $30,500 and as high as $118,500, though the usual salary range sits between $52,000 and $74,500.


Engineering is another one of the many careers in CAD drafting. Engineers use CAD in order to create processes and machines. Engineers design a variety of things, and usually specialize in a particular area. For example, there are engineers that specialize in mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, civil engineering and nuclear engineering.

People who want to make a career in engineering usually need a bachelor’s degree for entry level jobs. People who go for engineering can also benefit from getting higher degrees.

Salary: The salaries of engineers are different and depend on which branch of engineering one goes into. For example, the salaries are $145,000 for geoscience and remote sensing engineers (with a range of $92.332 to $221,500), $145,000 for aerospace and electronic systems engineers (salaries range from $76,219 to $219,150), $143,008 for circuits and electrical devices engineers (with a range of $85,000 to $230,000) and $126,500 for vehicular engineers (with a range of $58,400 and $188,800).


Architect is also one of many CAD careers for creative minds. People who work as architects design buildings. They also have to take into account the functionality of the design as well as safety regulations. An architect work closely with other construction professionals to achieve this the best building design. They utilise CAD software to conceptualise their designs.

People who aspire to be architects should pursue a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in the subject. They also need to pass the Architect Registration Examination.

Salary: One website gathered information submitted by thousands of people over the internet, and came up with the conclusion that, as of February 2019, the average annual salary for architects in America was $77,799.

CAD Technicians

CAD technicians work with CAD to design machinery and buildings. They usually work under the wing of architects and engineers. CAD technicians need an associate’s degree in something like an Associate in Applied Science in Computer Aided Design Technology. There aren’t any required certifications, though it helps to have a certification from the American Design Drafting Association. The CAD technician career progression goes forward with more education and experience.

Salary: The average salary of a CAD technician is between $31,848 to $60,552. A CAD Technician with 5 to 7 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 or more.


These are four careers that use AutoCAD. A person may ask: Is CAD drafting a good career? It is quite evident that it is, due to the fact that there are so many career opportunities that offer decent salaries and job prospects.

Engineers, CAD technicians, architects and industrial designers all use CAD, though there are more types of professionals that also use it. It is definitely worth it to look into careers that utilize the software because they can provide interesting, fulfilling, well-salaried careers. There are many specializations that people can choose when it comes to careers that use CAD.

Gigi Wara is a writer who loves writing about language and acquisition, career building and education-related stories in general. She recently works with Noria, a digital marketing agency based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Connect to Gigi via Twitter @GGRarekind.

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Esme Smith

Esme received her M.A. In Counseling from St. Edward's University, and worked with students at Concordia University Texas' Career Center. She developed a passion for Career Counseling after leaving undergrad without much guidance, and grappling with unsatisfying work. She strives to help others bridge the gap between graduation and "the real world."

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