Also known as Building Inspection Engineer, Building Inspector, Building Official, Code Enforcement Officer, Combination Building Inspector, Construction Inspector, Elevator Inspector, Home Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, Public Works Inspector
Also known as Building Inspection Engineer, Building Inspector, Building Official
Building Inspectors inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations.
In addition, Building Inspectors inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.
Building Inspectors are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Building Inspectors. More generally, Building Inspectors are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Building Inspector is $62,860, and the average salary is $66,470. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Building Inspector salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Building Inspectors earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Building Inspectors earn less than $37,850 per year, 25% earn less than $48,860, 75% earn less than $80,970, and 90% earn less than $101,170.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Building Inspectors is expected to change by -2.9%, and there should be roughly 14,300 open positions for Building Inspectors every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Building Inspector are usually higher in their Realistic, Conventional, and Investigative interests.
Building Inspectors typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Building Inspectors typically have very strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Lastly, Building Inspectors typically have moderate Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Building Inspector tend to value Support, Independence, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Building Inspectors strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Building Inspectors strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Building Inspectors moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Building Inspectors must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Building Inspectors, ranked by importance:
Building Inspectors often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Building Inspectors usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Building Inspectors may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as building and construction, customer and personal service, or mathematics knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Building Inspectors might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Building Inspectors must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Building Inspectors need abilities such as problem sensitivity, inductive reasoning, and deductive reasoning in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Building Inspectors, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Building Inspectors frequently use skills like reading comprehension, active listening, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Building Inspectors, ranked by their relative importance.
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