We surveyed 397 building inspectors to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical building inspector. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a building inspector?

Low

High

Working as a building inspector typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a building inspector?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a building inspector typically depends predominantly on qualities you’re born with, with a small aspect of skills you can learn.

Is it easy to get a job as a building inspector?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a building inspector. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for building inspectors.

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Do building inspectors work full-time or part-time?

91% of building inspectors work in full-time roles while 9% work part-time.

Is being a building inspector stressful?

Low

High

Building inspectors tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a building inspector?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a building inspector.

How competitive is the workplace for building inspectors?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for building inspectors.

Does being a building inspector require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for building inspectors.

Are building inspectors allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Building inspectors rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do building inspectors have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Building inspectors tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a building inspector physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a building inspector may occasionally require demanding physical activity, which may make it not a suitable career choice for everyone.

Are building inspectors exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Building inspectors tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a building inspector require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a building inspector.

Does being a good building inspector require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a building inspector.