Construction and Building Inspectors
SOC: 47-4011.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
101,200 employed

Projected (2024):
109,200 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Amusement Ride Inspector
  • Architectural Examiner
  • Architectural Inspector
  • Boiler Inspector
  • Boilers Inspector
  • Bridge Inspector
  • Building Code Administrator
  • Building Code Inspector
  • Building Equipment Inspector
  • Building Inspection Engineer
  • Building Inspector
  • Building Official
  • Chief Inspector
  • Code Inspector
  • Combination Building Inspector
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Compliance Coordinator
  • Compliance Manager
  • Compliance Officer
  • Construction Checker
  • Construction Code Administrator
  • Construction Inspector
  • Construction Materials Testing Technician
  • Construction Technician
  • Dredging Inspector
  • Electrical Inspector
  • Elevator Inspector
  • Elevators Inspector
  • Gas Inspector
  • Grade Checker
  • Heating and Refrigeration Inspector
  • Highway Inspector
  • Home Inspector
  • Housing Inspector
  • Infrastructure Technician
  • Inspecting Engineer
  • Inspector
  • Line Inspector
  • Natural Gas Inspector
  • Paving Inspector
  • Permit Specialist
  • Pipeline Construction Inspector
  • Plan Checker
  • Plan Examiner
  • Plumbing Inspector
  • Pressure Vessel Inspector
  • Real Estate Inspector
  • Residential Building Inspector
  • Road Inspector
  • Safety Inspector
  • Sidewalk Inspector
  • Site Damage Prevention Technician
  • Street Inspector
  • Street Openings Inspector
  • Weight Inspector


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations 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 these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Inspect bridges, dams, highways, buildings, wiring, plumbing, electrical circuits, sewers, heating systems, or foundations during and after construction for structural quality, general safety, or conformance to specifications and codes.
  • Maintain daily logs and supplement inspection records with photographs.
  • Review and interpret plans, blueprints, site layouts, specifications, or construction methods to ensure compliance to legal requirements and safety regulations.
  • Inspect and monitor construction sites to ensure adherence to safety standards, building codes, or specifications.
  • Measure dimensions and verify level, alignment, or elevation of structures or fixtures to ensure compliance to building plans and codes.
  • Issue permits for construction, relocation, demolition, or occupancy.
  • Monitor installation of plumbing, wiring, equipment, or appliances to ensure that installation is performed properly and is in compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Train, direct, or supervise other construction inspectors.
  • Conduct environmental hazard inspections to identify or quantify problems such as asbestos, poor air quality, water contamination, or other environmental hazards.
  • Evaluate project details to ensure adherence to environmental regulations.
  • Inspect facilities or installations to determine their environmental impact.
  • Monitor construction activities to ensure that environmental regulations are not violated.
  • Sample and test air to identify gasses, such as bromine, ozone, or sulfur dioxide, or particulates, such as mold, dust, or allergens.
  • Conduct inspections, using survey instruments, metering devices, tape measures, or test equipment.
  • Confer with owners, violators, or authorities to explain regulations or recommend remedial actions.
  • Approve building plans that meet required specifications.
  • Examine lifting or conveying devices, such as elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, hoists, inclined railways, ski lifts, or amusement rides to ensure safety and proper functioning.
  • Estimate cost of completed work or of needed renovations or upgrades.
  • Evaluate premises for cleanliness, such as proper garbage disposal or lack of vermin infestation.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 10-key calculators
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air sampling devices
  • Air sampling pumps
  • Air velocity and temperature meters
  • Airflow meters
  • Arc receptacle testers
  • Architects' scales
  • Asphalt thermometers
  • Automatic levels
  • Axes
  • Borescopes
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Chlorine meters
  • Circuit analyzers
  • Clamp-on multimeters
  • Combustible gas detectors
  • Computerized data collectors
  • Concrete strength measurers
  • Concrete testers
  • Conductivity meters
  • Continuity testers
  • Cordless drills
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital multimeters
  • Dissolved oxygen meters
  • Distance measuring wheels
  • Drafting tools
  • Electrical circuit testers
  • Electronic distance measuring equipment
  • Electronic levels
  • Engineering scales
  • Force gauges
  • Gas leak detection devices
  • Ground fault circuit interrupter GFCI testers
  • Ground resistance testers
  • Handheld thermometers
  • Hydrometers
  • Hygrometers
  • Infrared thermometer lasers
  • Inspection mirrors
  • Insulation testers
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser fiches
  • Laser measuring devices
  • Laser printers
  • Levels
  • Light meters
  • Lock levels
  • Magnetic locators
  • Manometers
  • Map wheels
  • Megohmeters
  • Microwave leakage detectors
  • Moisture meters
  • Multimeters
  • Non-contact infrared thermometers
  • Notebook computers
  • Optical levels
  • Optical scanners
  • pH meters
  • Plumb bobs
  • Pocket personal computers PC
  • Pounds per square inch PSI test gauges
  • Power analyzer dataloggers
  • Pressure gauges
  • Probe rods
  • Programmable calculators
  • Radon detection devices
  • Refrigerant leak detectors
  • Refrigeration thermometers
  • Scanners
  • Screwdrivers
  • Shovels
  • Spectrometers
  • Stud locators
  • Surface thermometers
  • Tablet computers
  • Tape measures
  • Temperature/humidity testers
  • Theodolites
  • Torque meters
  • Transit levels
  • Two way radios
  • Ultrasonic leak detectors
  • Ultrasonic thickness gauges
  • Vibration meters
  • Video inspection cameras
  • Volt-ammeters
  • Voltage testers
  • Water pressure gauges
  • Water quality test kits
  • Wearable mobile inspection computers
  • Arc Second PocketCAD
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Automated permit system software
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Database software
  • Email software
  • ESRI ArcView
  • Inspection Depot Home Guide System
  • Internet browser software
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
  • Intuit Quicken software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Word
  • Mobile building inspection software
  • Municipal geographic management software
  • New construction inspection form software
  • NorthWest Builders Network Plan Analyst
  • OptaSoft Commercial Building Inspector
  • Oracle Primavera Systems software
  • Real estate and tax software
  • Residential home inspection form software
  • SAP software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Trimble Digital Fieldbook
  • Vision Software
  • Word processing software


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    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580