In-Demand Skills in the AEC Field

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Top Three Software Skills AEC Companies Look For

The Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry (AEC) is a growing global market. Everywhere you look now, more buildings are going up. This can only be achieved by large teams of multidisciplinary AEC professionals working together from design to execution. 

As the industry continues to grow, so does the demand for a highly skilled workforce. So, what are the top AEC software skills employers seek in candidates today? 

Construction Design Software

Building Information Modeling software (BIM), also known as Building Design or Construction Design software, is critical within the AEC industry. Additionally, computer-aided design (CAD) serves as a facilitator of BIM and is typically used for 2D drafting design for architectural projects.

Below, we’ll cover the top three in-demand software programs used in the AEC industry today and their related career opportunities. 


Autodesk AutoCAD replaced manual drafting, thus allowing users to create sets of 2D construction documents and state-of-the-art professional workflows. It has access to industry-specific functionality, specialized features, and libraries for mechanical design, architecture, 3D mapping, and more.

It is best for:


Autodesk Revit is built for Building Information Modeling, helping professionals design, build, and maintain higher-quality, more energy-efficient buildings. It allows users to design 3D models that simultaneously document the project and generate 2D architectural drawings containing floor plans, elevations, and 3D perspective views.

It is best for:


SketchUp is a 3D modeling and rendering software that enhances workflows across various industries. It allows users to create individual models, components, and topography, as well as 3D modeling and rendering.

It is best for:

  • Architects
  • Interior Designers
  • Landscape Designers
  • Industrial/Product Designers
  • Project Managers
  • Set/Stage Designers

BIM & CAD Career Education

BIM and CAD knowledge is one of the most sought-after skills in the AEC industry, opening the door to many career opportunities

As a nationally accredited institution, VDCI empowers students to pursue careers in the AEC industry through accelerated, real-world, project-based technology training. We offer AutoCAD, Revit, and SketchUp training that is relevant and instantly applicable to design and construction careers.

For more information, explore our Certificate Programs and Fast-Track Programs with free student software today.

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