Construction Inspectors

US Army Corps of Engineers Inspecting Homes

Construction inspectors work for federal, state, and local governments. Their job is to examine the construction, alteration, or repair of highways, streets, sewer and water systems, dams, bridges, buildings, and other structures to ensure that they comply with building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications. Approximately 91,480 construction and building inspectors work in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Building Inspectors, Electrical Inspectors, Home Inspectors, Mechanical Inspectors, Public Works Inspectors
Duties Examine the construction, alteration, or repair of various structures and systems to ensure that they comply with building codes and other laws
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in major urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Several years’ experience as a construction contractor, supervisor, or craft or trade worker
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervisory Construction Inspector or Consultant
  • Experienced Construction Inspector
  • Entry-Level Construction Inspector
  • Estimator or Apprentice