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Government Property Inspectors & Investigators

Also called: Environmental Specialist, Housing Inspector, Housing Quality Standard Inspector (HQS Inspector), Rehabilitation Construction Specialist

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Investigate or inspect government property to ensure compliance with contract agreements and government regulations.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare correspondence, reports of inspections or investigations or recommendations for action.
  • Examine records, reports, or other documents to establish facts or detect discrepancies.
  • Inspect government property, such as construction sites or public housing, to ensure compliance with contract specifications or legal requirements.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • BrioQuery
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Inventory management software
  • Inventory control system software
  • Peninsula Software Quicktrack Pro
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

Get started on your career:

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Job Outlook

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