Become a Building Inspector in 2021? Salary, Jobs, Education

Published 2021-03-22
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0:00 - Intro
0:40 - Building Inspector Roles and Responsibilities
1:06 - Building Inspectors Incomess and Salaries
3:47 - Building Inspector Education
4:16 - Building Inspector Jobs Market
7:30 - Building Inspector Holland Codes RIASEC
8:20 - Building Inspector Occupation Pros and Cons

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Become a building inspector in 2021? Building inspectors’ role is important because they are the ones who ensure that buildings are compliant with the law, specifically the building code. They approve or disapprove, and are in charge of flagging violations.

Should you be a building inspector? Let me help you decide by answering the following questions:

What is the average salary of a building inspector?
What is the job market like for building inspectors? Would it be hard for you to get a job?
Would this occupation be compatible with your personality and interests?
What kind of education do you need to become a building inspector?
Let's get started.

Building inspectors review construction plans and approve the ones that don't violate the building code, and they visit the construction site to make sure that everything is going according to the plan that was indeed approved by them.

They also check if the materials used are safe and of standard quality to avoid problems in the future. They would be held liable if something unpleasant happens, especially if it's caused by something that they should've checked before the construction began.

A college degree isn’t required if you want to be a building inspector. However, there are some employers that require a bachelor’s degree in a related field, like engineering and architecture.

One thing is for sure, though. You will have to gain relevant experience before you are allowed to be one.

According to the Occupational Information Network, among the building inspectors:

35% have a post-secondary certificate
35% have an associate’s degree
22% have a high school diploma
8% of them either have a bachelor's degree, have a graduate degree, or have undergone further training.

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All Comments (7)
  • Nathan
    You speak at a perfect pace and tone. This video was very helpful as I am thinking about changing my career. Thank you!
  • David Loredo
    I’m trying to get my certification for all kinds of buildings to inspect commercial buildings, small businesses, and homes I was wondering if y’all could guide me in the right direction on where to start exactly
  • Skeeball
    Criminally underrated channel.
  • JK Stall
    It’s hard to become certified, those test are pretty hard even with being open book. You don’t make 64000 a year unless you are in a state with a high cost of living. I’m in a mid level town and I make 45k with 8 different certifications and a masters degree. Sometimes you have to be the bad guy and so you are not very popular around town. Keep in mind you don’t just need to be fluent within code, you must be fluent in city ordinance, state requirements among many more regulations. Also if you don’t speak at least a small amount of Spanish you can face major road blocks. Finally, you are not a home inspector, home inspectors know MAYBE a quarter of what building inspectors are required to interpret and understand. They do know the basic 101 stuff but that’s the extent of their training and understanding.
  • anthony esparsen
    In the state of new Mexico for residential it is equal to a associate degree and equals ok 2 years of actual experience under a licensed journey person , commercial is like a bachelor degree minimum of 4 years field experience ok, under a licensed journey person of 4 years plus
  • Johnny Alarez
    I do code and want to move into building inspection