Like other workers who primarily use computers to do their work, drafters usually work indoors and full time, although overtime is not uncommon. A drafter or designer's main duty is to take care of a company's product development needs. He or she will mainly be responsible for the creation and improvement of assembly drawings, subassembly and component design, detail drawings, etc. A mechanical designer must work in harmony with product development engineers in performing tasks such as making the necessary changes in design or drawings, or engaging in meetings that focus on design reviews.
According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of drafters and designers is expected to grow 6 percent by 2020. Developments in software programs used by drafters and other professionals they work with are changing the nature of drafters' work and how this work will have to be done.