Construction Inspectors

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 87,620 construction and building inspectors work in the United States.


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

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