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Job Description

Building inspectors use their knowledge of building safety codes and construction to verify that structures, utility systems, foundations and all other building components meet governmental standards. They coordinate with those involved with the construction process to schedule regular inspections, analyze blueprints and drawings, note issues needing correction, and complete extensive documentation about their findings. These duties require building inspectors to have良好的身体耐力,良好的沟通技巧,anattention to detail优秀的机械知识。In addition to working at the building site, inspectors also spend some time in the office, maintaining records and performing computer-based tasks such as creating spreadsheets and reports.

Education Requirements

Employers generally seek high school graduates for building inspector jobs, but they may want you to have a建筑检验技术证书或者associate's degreefrom a community college or trade school. These programs usually give you experience watching inspections along with coursework on topics such as building codes; blueprint reading; safety; and building construction and utility systems, such as plumbing and electrical components.

您还需要咨询您的州以了解其building inspection certification要么licensure要求。您可能需要通过国家建筑检查员或国际代码理事会等组织完成特定的凭证计划或追求认证。您可以期望需要满足任何建筑检验技术教育和经验要求,并参加考试以获得凭据。

Once employed, you can expect to completeon-the-job training, in which another inspector teaches you important techniques and supervises some of your inspections. Your employer usually will have you do someindependent studyabout building codes, and you can expect to complete continuing education as changes occur.


Although some are self-employed, most building inspectors work forlocalstate governmentsas well as for firms that offer建筑、发动机ering, scientificother professional services。A typical workday can require traveling to multiple sites, performing inspections indoors and outdoors, making your way through tight areas, and working both alone and as part of a team. While you'll likely work a regular day shift, you may work evenings and weekends if you're self-employed, when your employer has a lot of construction activity or if an emergency occurs.


A building inspector's median annual salary – meaning half earned more and half earned less – was$59,700in May 2018, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10 percent earning the least made below35,440美元,10%的百分之一百分百比$ 97,310。第两位雇主,地方政府支付了平均工资$62,080, while architectural and engineering services firms paid inspectors$ 63,860, 一般。电力发电,传输和配电行业支付了最高的平均工资:$89,830

This July 2019 average salary projection from PayScale shows how building inspectors see modest salary increases as they gain years of experience:

  • Less than one year:44,000美元
  • 一到四年: $49,000
  • Five to nine years: $54,000
  • 10 to 19 years: $58,000
  • 20 or more years:59,000美元


The BLS expects building and construction instructors to have very good job prospects due to an increased focus on building safety and construction quality. Between 2016 and 2026, this occupation will grow by10%, leading to 10,500 more positions in the field. Governments and engineering firms, in particular, are projected to seek more building inspectors during this time.



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