Skip navigation

Construction & Building Inspectors

Also called: Building Inspector, Building Official, Construction Inspector, Plumbing Inspector

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

Watch Career Video

What they do:
Inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.
On the job, you would:
  • Monitor installation of plumbing, wiring, equipment, or appliances to ensure that installation is performed properly and is in compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Approve building plans that meet required specifications.
  • Inspect and monitor construction sites to ensure adherence to safety standards, building codes, or specifications.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • product and service development
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
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

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Word processing software
  • Inspection Depot Home Guide System
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology
Compliance software
  • Automated permit system software
  • NorthWest Builders Network Plan Analyst
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Find Training Find Certifications Find Licenses Apprenticeship.gov

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$60,710
$36,440
$98,820
Check out my state Local Salary Info Find Jobs

Explore More

See more details at O*NET OnLine about construction and building inspectors.