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Computer Aided Design (CAD) : Job Prospects & Career Options

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CAD is applicable in almost all fields, but is extremely valid to the designing fields such as architecture, mechanics, civil, automobile and even interior design. High quality designs and drawings can be made in a very short period of time using the different CAD softwares.

The job prospects of the CAD professional varies on their specialisation in the profession. The major tasks of these people are creating designs or sketches of buildings, structures, machines, cars or any other product as per the requirement of the client, with regards to various possible loads and constraints. After making 2D drawings of buildings/ products and drafting, 3D modeling is done, which help making the model of the actual building/product. With 3D models the client can see how the building will look after construction along with all the internal utilities and the external visuals of the building including the colors.

Some of the specialisation in the field of computer aided design are : 

Depending on the specialisation, job opportunities are available for CAD professionals in manufacturing industries, research and development firms etc. CAD professionals with engineering degrees can find openings in the fields of aerospace industries, industrial and architectural design, shipbuilding expertise, automotive industries etc.  

Opportunities are also available in advertising and film industries where CAD systems are widely used for giving special effects through computer animation. Here one can work as bench animator, motion capture animator, shadier, game design animator or special effects artist. AutoCAD professionals can take up the career in three dimensional design or industrial design. Those people with advanced AutoCAD skills can find employment as a graphic artist, a 3D modeler, a production artist, a multimedia designer, an architectural or engineering drafts person, and more.

Teaching is another option, as the number of CAD/ CAM training institutes are coming up. With several years of experience, one can start up their own firm or can work as an independent freelance CAD designer. 

Computer Aided Design (CAD) : Remuneration

Sky is the limit for CAD professionals. Pay scale of CAD degree/ diploma holders vary greatly depending on level of education and experience as well as area of specialty. At the initial stage a CAD professional can earn not less than Rs. 30,000/- per month. Depending on the organisation and the candidates skills, within a short span of time, the salary may rise to 40,000/- to 45,000/-.


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