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Construction and Building Inspectors

Construction and Building Inspectors
Quick Facts : Construction and Building Inspectors*
2010 Median Pay$52,360
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012102,400
Job Outlook18% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change18,400


Construction and building inspectors ensure that new construction, changes, or repairs comply with local and national building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications. They spend considerable time inspecting construction worksites, alone or as part of a team. Some inspectors may have to climb ladders or crawl in tight spaces. Most work full time during regular business hours.

What Construction and Building Inspectors Do

  • Inspect and monitor construction sites to ensure overall compliance
  • Use survey instruments, metering devices, and test equipment to perform inspections
  • Monitor installation of plumbing, electrical, and other systems to ensure that the building meets codes
  • Issue violation notices and stop-work orders until building is compliant
  • Keep daily logs, including photographs taken during inspection

Work Environment

Construction and building inspectors spend considerable time inspecting construction worksites, alone or as part of a team. Some inspectors may have to climb ladders or crawl in tight spaces. Most work full time during regular business hours.
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Job Outlook

Employment of construction and building inspectors is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, strongest in government and in firms specializing in architectural, engineering, and related services.
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Pay

The average salary of construction and building inspectors was $52,360 in May 2010.
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Construction and Building Inspectors*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Construction and Building Inspectors

52360

Construction Occupations

43910.3704

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Construction and Building Inspectors*
Percent Change in Employment

Construction and Building Inspectors

17.9688

Construction Occupations

21.314657794104683

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Construction and Building Inspectors

Most employers require construction and building inspectors to have at least a high school diploma and considerable knowledge of construction trades. They usually learn informally on the job. Many states and local jurisdictions require some type of license or certification.
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