Construction and Building Inspectors make sure that all construction projects are built within local and federal construction guidelines (building codes). Inspectors have the power to halt construction work on a site if it does not meet these standards.
Although it is not always required, a four-year bachelor's degree in construction technology, civil engineering, architectural technology, or a related field will make getting one of these positions more likely. Completing a two-year college program in a similar field may be enough in some areas. Work experience in some aspect of the construction trade is also likely required. Certified construction and building inspectors who can perform a variety of inspections should have the best job opportunities.
Employment of construction and building inspectors is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Public interest in safety and the desire to improve the quality of construction are factors that are expected to continue to create demand for inspectors. Employment growth for inspectors is expected to be strongest in local government.
Typically, inspectors are employed by the government or architectural and engineering firms. They will spend a considerable amount of time inspecting work sites, either alone or as part of a team. Some inspectors may have to climb ladders or crawl in tight spaces. Most work full time during regular business hours.