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.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit41.18%
  2. State and local government37.24%
  3. Self-employed16.72%
  4. Federal government3.02%
  5. Private, not for profit1.37%

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 decline 3 percent from 2020 to 2030. Despite declining employment, about 14,300 openings for construction and building inspectors are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$62,860

State-by-state Salary

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$91,180
$47,400
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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

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Building and Construction
  • 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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