The number of San Antonio construction jobs available for inspectors is expected to double in the next few years.
Construction and building inspectors use engineering skills to ensure that various structures adhere to specifications, building codes, and other regulations. They may examine buildings, highways and streets, sewer and water systems, dams, bridges, and other structures.
The minimum educational requirement for candidates is usually a high school diploma, although some employers prefer to hire applicants who have studied engineering or architecture, or who have a college degree or certificate. Check out this construction laborer job description for more information.
Texas is one of many states that requires construction and building inspectors to become licensed. In order to get a license, applicants must undergo training from the Texas Engineering Extension Service, have at least one year of full-time experience in code enforcement, and pass a multiple choice exam.
There were about 106,400 construction and building inspectors throughout the nation during 2008, and that number is expected to grow by 17 percent by 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
About 44 percent of employees work for local governments, while 27 percent work for architectural and engineering services firms, many others work for state governments or other services industries, and 8 percent are self-employed.
Employment of construction and building inspectors in the San Antonio area is expected to double from 50 workers during 2006 to 100 workers by 2016, resulting in 50 additional jobs and an overall growth rate of 100 percent, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.
Throughout Texas, employment is anticipated to grow from 8,400 workers during 2006 to 10,200 workers by 2016, accounting for 1,800 additional jobs and an overall increase of 21.4 percent.
The local government industry employed the most construction and building inspectors in the San Antonio area at 39.04 percent; followed by architectural, engineering and related services at 22.01 percent; state government at 14.3 percent; and non-residential building construction at 7.04 percent.
The average wage for construction and building inspectors during 2009 was $16.69 in the San Antonio area, $21.40 in Texas, and $25.75 throughout America.