All kinds of businesses, from bars to builders, need to pass inspections to operate. And drivers must pass a test to earn a license. Licensing examiners and inspectors make sure that these kinds of government standards are met, to protect public safety and keep businesses running on the right track. Licensing inspectors conduct inspections to make sure businesses meet regulations. They document problem areas and advise businesses on improvements; when needed they cite violations, and impose penalties. For example, a health inspector may go into a restaurant to make sure that it meets sanitation standards— and that up-to-date licenses and required signage are posted. If not, the inspector may issue a fine, or close the facility until health standards are met. Licensing examiners evaluate applications and records for people seeking approval for something they want to do, whether for their personal benefit, like a driver’s license, or their professional development, like a business license. It’s licensing examiners who give road and flight tests for vehicle operating licenses. Training options for these positions include technical school, an associate’s degree, or work experience in a field related to the license, such as business, health care, or law enforcement. Licensing examiners and inspectors make our world a little safer for everyone!
What they do:
Examine, evaluate, and investigate eligibility for, conformity with, or liability under licenses or permits.
On the job, you would:
Warn violators of infractions or penalties.
Evaluate applications, records, or documents to gather information about eligibility or liability issues.
Advise licensees or other individuals or groups concerning licensing, permit, or passport regulations.
Safety and Government
law and government
public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
reading work related information
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
understanding people's reactions
looking for ways to help people
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
notice when problems happen
Hearing and Speech
recognize spoken words
People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
Commercial driver's license information system CDLIS
National Driver Register NDR
Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
Document scanning software
bachelor's degree or high school diploma/GED usually needed
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