Health and Regulatory Inspectors

Health and regulatory inspectors are employed by federal, state, or local governments to enforce those laws that protect public health and safety, as well as certain regulatory laws that govern, for example, labor standards, immigration, banking, and transportation. Approximately 454,010 inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers are employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Work for government agencies to enforce laws that protect public health and safety, as well as certain regulatory laws that govern, for example, labor standards, immigration, banking, and transportation
Alternate Title(s) Admeasurers, Agricultural Chemicals Inspectors, Agricultural-Chemical Registration Specialists, Agricultural Commodity Graders, Agricultural Quarantine Inspectors, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Inspectors, Attendance Officers, Automobile Testers, Aviation Safety Inspectors, Bank Examiners, Claims Investigators, Customs Inspectors, Customs Patrol Officers, Environmental Health Inspectors, Food And Drug Inspectors, Government Property Inspectors, Health Inspectors, Immigration Inspectors, Internal Revenue Investigators, License Inspectors, Logging-Operations Inspectors, Marine Cargo Inspectors, Mine Safety And Health Inspectors, Motor Vehicle Inspectors, Occupational Safety And Health Inspectors, Passport-Application Examiners, Postal Inspectors, Quality Assurance Inspectors, Quality Control Inspectors and Coordinators, Railroad Inspectors, Regulatory Inspectors, Revenue Officers, Safety Health Inspectors, Sanitarians, Securities Compliance Examiners, Transportation Inspectors, Truant Officers, Veterinary Livestock Inspectors, Veterinary Meat Inspectors, Veterinary Virus-Serum Inspectors, Wage-Hour Compliance Inspectors, Weights and Measures Inspectors, Welfare Investigators
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Varies by job and industry
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • English
  • Health
Experience On-the-job training
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements Pass a background check, drug test, health test, civil service exam, and/or aptitude test; workers must be over 21 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and a licensed driver
Career Ladder
  • Commissioner
  • Manager or Program Director
  • Inspector
  • Intern