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 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.
The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.
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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.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
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