Construction and Building Inspector

Career Overview

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.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$36,000 /yr
$59,000 /yr
$97,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • Electronics
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Welding
  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
  • Drafting
Work Environment

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.

Future Outlook

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