Architectural Draftspersons complete Architects' concepts by preparing drawings and plans, and liaising with builders and contractors.

Also known as: Architectural Associate.

Specialisations: Building Drafting Officer.

You usually need a formal qualification in building design or residential drafting to work as an Architectural Draftsperson. Architectural Draftspersons often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

Tasks

  • Assists construction managers, architects and surveyors in planning and organisation.
  • Interprets plans, regulations and codes of practice.
  • Prepares preliminary sketches, working drawings and specifications.
  • Prepares, edits and revises plans, maps, charts and drawings.
  • Co-ordinates works programs.

All Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians

  • $1,838 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Architectural Draftspersons

  • 12,000 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 26% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Architectural Draftspersons (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 10,800 in 2011 to 12,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Architectural Draftspersons work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Construction; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 26% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services66.2
Construction26.1
Manufacturing3.0
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1.0
Other Industries3.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateArchitectural DraftspersonsAll Jobs Average
NSW28.931.6
VIC31.325.6
QLD18.320.0
SA5.27.0
WA12.510.8
TAS2.12.0
NT0.71.0
ACT1.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketArchitectural DraftspersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.6-5.05.0
20-248.5-9.39.3
25-3429.4-22.922.9
35-4426.1-22.022.0
45-5418.5-21.621.6
55-596.6-9.09.0
60-645.8-6.06.0
65 and Over4.5-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationArchitectural DraftspersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree27.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma38.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV11.9-21.121.1
Year 129.2-18.118.1
Year 111.4-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.3-12.512.5

You usually need a formal qualification in building design or residential drafting to work as an Architectural Draftsperson. Architectural Draftspersons often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as an Architectural Draftsperson.

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Employers look for Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Technical design

    90% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  2. Building and construction

    81% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  3. Engineering and technology

    71% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  4. Computers and electronics

    67% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. English language

    61% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    96% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Spend time sitting

    95% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  3. Telephone

    93% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    87% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

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