Summary 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
- 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.
- Inspect facilities or installations to determine their environmental impact.
- Monitor installation of plumbing, wiring, equipment, or appliances to ensure that installation is performed properly and is in compliance with applicable regulations.
- Measure dimensions and verify level, alignment, or elevation of structures or fixtures to ensure compliance to building plans 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.
- Evaluate project details to ensure adherence to environmental regulations.
- Conduct inspections, using survey instruments, metering devices, tape measures, or test equipment.
- Inspect and monitor construction sites to ensure adherence to safety standards, building codes, or specifications.
- Monitor construction activities to ensure that environmental regulations are not violated.
- Confer with owners, violators, or authorities to explain regulations or recommend remedial actions.
- Train, direct, or supervise other construction inspectors.
- Issue permits for construction, relocation, demolition, or occupancy.
- Approve building plans that meet required specifications.
- Conduct environmental hazard inspections to identify or quantify problems such as asbestos, poor air quality, water contamination, or other environmental hazards.
- 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.
- Sample and test air to identify gasses, such as bromine, ozone, or sulfur dioxide, or particulates, such as mold, dust, or allergens.
Tools & Technology
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.
- Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
- Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
- Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
- Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
- Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
- Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
- Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
- Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
- Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Detailed Work Activities
- Direct construction or extraction personnel.
- Inspect completed work to ensure proper installation.
- Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
- Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
- Record operational or environmental data.
- Train construction or extraction personnel.
- Measure work site dimensions.
- Inspect industrial or commercial equipment to ensure proper operation.
- Inspect plumbing systems or fixtures.
- Inspect work sites to identify potential environmental or safety hazards.
- Communicate with clients about products, procedures, and policies.
- Estimate construction project costs.
- Verify alignment of structures or equipment.
- Monitor construction operations.
- Authorize construction activities.
- Evaluate construction projects to determine compliance with external standards or regulations.
- Evaluate projects to determine compliance with technical specifications.
- Test air quality at work sites.
- Telephone — 92% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 88% responded “Every day.”
- Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 79% responded “Every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 75% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Electronic Mail — 63% responded “Every day.”
- In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 71% responded “Every day.”
- Letters and Memos — 50% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 42% responded “Extremely important.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 50% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 42% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
- Time Pressure — 54% responded “Every day.”
- Deal With External Customers — 46% responded “Extremely important.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 54% responded “Every day.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 42% responded “Very important results.”
- Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 42% responded “Every day.”
- Outdoors, Under Cover — 50% responded “Every day.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 46% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Exposed to High Places — 58% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 33% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 29% responded “Every day.”
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Physical Proximity — 50% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 43% responded “Very important.”
- Frequency of Conflict Situations — 50% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Spend Time Standing — 48% responded “More than half the time.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 33% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 58% responded “40 hours.”
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Consequence of Error — 42% responded “Serious.”
|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|
Interest code: RCI
- 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.
- Conventional — 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.
- Investigative — 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.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
- Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
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)|
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.