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 Inspection Engineer, Building Inspector, Building Official, Code Enforcement Officer, Combination Building Inspector, Construction Inspector, Elevator Inspector, Home Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, Public Works Inspector
Also see: Energy Auditors
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | 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
- Accounting software — Intuit QuickBooks ; Intuit Quicken
- 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; Autodesk AutoCAD
- 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; Microsoft Exchange ; Microsoft Outlook
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Municipal geographic management software; SAP
- Internet browser software — Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Map creation software — ESRI ArcView; Trimble Digital Fieldbook
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Procurement software — Vision Software
- Project management software — Microsoft Project ; Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management ; Oracle Primavera Systems
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Inspection Depot Home Guide System; Microsoft Word ; New construction inspection form software; Residential home inspection form software
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- 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
- Monitor construction operations.
- Authorize construction activities.
- Evaluate construction projects to determine compliance with external standards or regulations.
- Inspect work sites to identify potential environmental or safety hazards.
- Inspect plumbing systems or fixtures.
- Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
- Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
- Record operational or environmental data.
- Inspect completed work to ensure proper installation.
- Evaluate projects to determine compliance with technical specifications.
- Measure work site dimensions.
- Verify alignment of structures or equipment.
- Direct construction or extraction personnel.
- Train construction or extraction personnel.
- Communicate with clients about products, procedures, and policies.
- Estimate construction project costs.
- Inspect industrial or commercial equipment to ensure proper operation.
- 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 hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
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.
|17-3025.00||Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians|
|19-5012.00||Occupational Health and Safety Technicians|
|33-2021.00||Fire Inspectors and Investigators Bright Outlook|
|53-2022.00||Airfield Operations Specialists|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2019)||$29.19 hourly, $60,710 annual|
|Employment (2019)||120,800 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)||Average (3% to 4%)|
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||13,500|
|Top industries (2019)||
Government (44% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data and 2019-2029 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- American Concrete Institute
- American Construction Inspectors Association
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- American Society of Home Inspectors
- Association of Construction Inspectors
- Building Inspection Engineers Certification Institute
- Housing Inspection Foundation
- International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
- International Association of Electrical Inspectors
- International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
- International Code Council
- National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers
- National Academy of Forensic Engineers
- National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities
- National Fire Protection Association
- National Society of Professional Engineers
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Construction and building inspectors
- The American Institute of Architects
- The American Society of Mechanical Engineers