Details Report for:
47-4011.00 - Construction and Building Inspectors
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.
Sample of reported job titles: Building Code Administrator, Building Inspection Engineer, Building Inspector, Building Official, Combination Building Inspector, Construction Inspector, Construction Materials Testing Technician, Elevator Inspector, Inspector, Plumbing Inspector
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable widemouth pliers
- Adjustable wrenches
- Air samplers or collectors — Air sampling devices
- Air sampling pumps
- Air velocity and temperature monitors — Air velocity and temperature meters; Airflow meters
- Ammeters — Volt-ammeters
- Borescope inspection equipment — Borescopes
- Calibrated resistance measuring equipment — Ground resistance testers
- Carbon monoxide analyzer — Carbon monoxide detectors
- Circuit tester — Circuit analyzers; Continuity testers; Electrical circuit testers
- Concrete or cement testing instruments — Concrete strength measurers; Concrete testers
- Conductivity meters
- Desktop calculator — 10-key calculators
- Desktop computers
- Digital camcorders or video cameras — Video inspection cameras
- Digital cameras
- Dissolved oxygen meters
- Distance meters — Electronic distance measuring equipment
- Drafting kits or sets — Drafting tools
- Electronic measuring probes — Probe rods
- Force or torque sensors — Force gauges; Torque meters
- Gas detectors — Combustible gas detectors; Gas leak detection devices
- GFI circuit testers — Arc receptacle testers; Ground fault circuit interrupter GFCI testers
- Handheld thermometer — Handheld thermometers
- Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors
- Insulation testers
- Laser measuring systems — Laser measuring devices
- Laser printers
- Level sensors or transmitters — Transit levels
- Levels — Automatic levels; Electronic levels; Lock levels; Optical levels
- Lightmeters — Light meters
- Liquid leak detectors — Refrigerant leak detectors; Ultrasonic leak detectors
- Measuring wheels for distance — Distance measuring wheels; Map wheels
- Megohmmeters — Megohmeters
- Metal detectors — Magnetic locators
- Microfiche or microfilm viewer components or accessories — Laser fiches
- Microwave leakage meters — Microwave leakage detectors
- Moisture meters
- Multimeters — Clamp-on multimeters; Digital multimeters
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Optical character recognition systems — Optical scanners
- Personal computers — Pocket personal computers PC
- pH meters
- Plumb bobs
- Portable data input terminals — Computerized data collectors; Wearable mobile inspection computers
- Power drills — Cordless drills
- Power meters — Power analyzer dataloggers
- Pressure indicators — Water pressure gauges
- Pressure or vacuum recorders — Pounds per square inch PSI test gauges; Pressure gauges
- Radon detectors — Radon detection devices
- Remote reading thermometers — Refrigeration thermometers
- Scales — Architects' scales; Engineering scales
- Scientific calculator — Programmable calculators
- Single gas monitors — Chlorine meters
- Stud finders — Stud locators
- Surface thermometers — Asphalt thermometers
- Tablet computers
- Tape measures
- Temperature humidity testers — Temperature/humidity testers
- Thermographs — Infrared thermometer lasers; Non-contact infrared thermometers
- Two way radios
- Ultrasonic examination equipment — Ultrasonic thickness gauges
- Vibration testers — Vibration meters
- Voltage or current meters — Voltage testers
- Water analyzers — Water quality test kits
Technology used in this occupation:
- Accounting software — Intuit QuickBooks software; Intuit Quicken software
- Calendar and scheduling software
- Compliance software — Automated permit system software; NorthWest Builders Network Plan Analyst; OptaSoft Commercial Building Inspector
- Computer aided design CAD software — Arc Second PocketCAD
- Data base reporting software — Mobile building inspection software
- Data base user interface and query software — Database software; Real estate and tax software
- Electronic mail software — Email software
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Municipal geographic management software
- Internet browser software — Microsoft Internet Explorer *
- Map creation software — ESRI ArcView; Trimble Digital Fieldbook
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Procurement software — Vision Software
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Inspection Depot Home Guide System; Microsoft Word; New construction inspection form software; Residential home inspection form software
* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.
- Direct construction or extraction personnel.
- Inspect completed work to ensure proper installation.
- Evaluate projects to determine compliance with technical specifications.
- Record operational or environmental data.
- Train construction or extraction personnel.
- Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
- Measure work site dimensions.
- Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
- Inspect work sites to identify potential environmental or safety hazards.
- Inspect plumbing systems or fixtures.
- Communicate with clients about products, procedures, and policies.
- Estimate construction project costs.
- Verify alignment of structures or equipment.
- Monitor construction operations.
- Authorize construction activities.
- Inspect industrial or commercial equipment to ensure proper operation.
- Evaluate construction projects to determine compliance with external standards or regulations.
- Test air quality at work sites.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related 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.|
|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.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|17||Some college, no degree|
Realistic — 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.
|13-1199.01||Energy Auditors Bright Outlook Green|
|17-3025.00||Environmental Engineering Technicians|
|19-1031.01||Soil and Water Conservationists|
|29-9012.00||Occupational Health and Safety Technicians|
|53-2022.00||Airfield Operations Specialists|
|53-6051.08||Freight and Cargo Inspectors|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$26.94 hourly, $56,040 annual|
|Employment (2012)||102,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Average (8% to 14%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||36,700|
|Top industries (2012)||
Government (47% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Construction and Building Inspectors . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.
- American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) , 932 Lee St., Suite 101, Des Plaines, IL 60016. Phone: (800) 743-2744. Fax: (847) 759-1620.
- Association of Construction Inspectors (ACI) , 21640 N 19th Ave., Suite C-2, Phoenix, AZ 85027. Phone: (623) 580-4646. Fax: (623) 580-9656.
- Housing Inspection Foundation , 21640 N 19th Ave., Suite C-2, Phoenix, AZ 85027. Phone: (623) 580-4646. Fax: (623) 580-9656.
- International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) , 901 Waterfall Way, Suite 602, Richardson, TX 75080-7702. Phone: (972) 235-1455.
- International Code Council (ICC) , 500 New Jersey Ave. NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: (888) 422-7233. Fax: (202) 783-2348.
- National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers (NABIE) , P.O. Box 522158, Salt Lake City, UT 84152. Phone: (800) 294-7729. Fax: (801) 583-1531.
- National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) , 1750 30th St., Boulder, CO 80301. Phone: (303) 502-6214. Fax: (650) 429-2057.
- National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) , 4248 Park Glen Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55416. Phone: (800) 448-3942. Fax: (952) 929-1318.