How to become a Architectural Draftsperson

Architectural draftspeople complete architects' and other designers' concepts by preparing documents (drawings or plans) and liaising with builders and contractors.

Personal requirements of a Architectural Draftsperson

  • Able to visualise ideas in three-dimensional form Enjoy technical drawing and working with technology Able to draw neatly and accurately Good concentration and attention to detail Some artistic talent in freehand drawing

Education & Training for a Architectural Draftsperson

To become an architectural draftsperson you usually have to complete a VET qualification in building design or residential drafting. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,532

Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.7%

NSW 33.4%

NT 1.2%

QLD 17.7%

SA 7.2%

TAS 1.3%

VIC 22.5%

WA 15%

Hours worked:

43.5

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 89.6%

Proportion of female workers 10.4%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 0%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 13.1%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 8.6%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 36.3%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 19.9%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 14.8%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 7.2%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 29.1%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 71%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Graduates of certificate and diploma courses are eligible for membership of Building Designers Australia. Students are eligible for student membership. Visit their website for more information. Building designers who act as sole traders in Queensland,Tasmania and Victoria, including architectural draftspeople, must be registered with the appropriate body in their state. Relevant qualifications and sufficient practical experience must be gained in order to be eligible for registration.
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