Construction and Building Inspectors

General Information

Description

Inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of construction and building inspectors is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Public interest in safety and the desire to improve the quality of construction are factors that are expected to continue to create demand for inspectors. Employment growth for inspectors is expected to be strongest in local government.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$60,710

State-by-state Salary

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$89,360
$22,880
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 34%
  • High school 21%
  • Bachelor's degree 17%
  • Associate's degree 17%
  • Some college 4%
  • Post-master's certificate 4%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Building and Construction
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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