Construction and Building Inspector

What Does A Construction and Building Inspector Do?

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.

How Do I Become A Construction and Building Inspector?

Although it is not always required, a four-year bachelor’s degree in construction technology, civil engineering, architectural technology, or a related field will making 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.

What is the Average Salary For A Construction and Building Inspector?

High – 97,000
Median – 59,000
Low – 36,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Construction and Building Inspector?

  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
  • Welding
  • Electronics
  • Drafting

What Is The Work Environment For A Construction and Building Inspector?

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.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Construction and Building Inspector?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Construction and Building Inspector?