Construction Careers

Those seeking a job in construction and building inspection will find that 41% of inspectors actually work for local municipal or country building departments. This entails inspecting office and government buildings, highways, bridges, sewer and water systems and dams. Approximately 26% work for architectural or engineering services firms. The remainder is self-employed, and frequently specialize in particular structures or construction components. Those with college training, as well as architectural or engineering experience will have the greatest chance of succeeding in this booming industry.

Employment Opportunities

Construction professionals can choose from a variety of roles, including:

  • Building inspector
  • Plan examiner
  • Specification inspector
  • Public works inspector

Skills

Construction professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Math
  • Drafting
  • Blueprint reading
  • Knowledge of surveying and metering devices
  • Meticulous recording-keeping

Industry Spotlight

As concerns about public safety increase, construction and building inspection is expected to grow at almost double the rate of all other jobs across the next eight years. Because construction inspectors are involved in construction at multiple touchpoints, they fare well even in times of economic strain, especially those with a higher education degree.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008