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Is Home Inspecting a Secure Job?

Updated on June 19, 2015

The Need for Home Inspectors

The need for home and building inspectors is expected to grow 12% between 2012 and 2022. This means there will be opportunities for new inspectors who want to enter the industry. Inspectors who have a thorough knowledge of the construction industry will have the best chance at a good job. Anyone hoping to become in inspector in the near future should focus their studies on basic construction skills, and learn how to evaluate blueprints and plans.

If you live in a large city, you will find that inspectors tend to be specialized. Some will only inspect electrical systems, others only plumbing. Smaller municipalities often hire general inspectors who have a good knowledge of everything because their budgets don’t allow them to have multiple inspectors.

With the growing world population, more housing is needed. More retail, office, and trade space will also be needed with a larger population. This means many more buildings need to be built or renovated over the next number of years. With more buildings being built, more inspectors are needed to supervise their construction.

Increasing the Odds of Success

Anything you can do to increase your learning about the construction field will go a long way towards securing a good building inspector job. Especially in the case of commercial buildings, you’ll want to know about the building construction, and fire and life safety issues that could arise in an improperly installed building or system.

Building inspection is a secure job for the most part, but not always regular, year round employment. This is because it is highly tied to the housing market. When the market is down and people aren’t buying and selling, less inspections are needed. Most people only have a home inspected if they are thinking of buying or selling it. If the economy is slow, new buildings are also built more slowly, so there is less need for inspection. When the economy is doing well and many buildings are being built, inspectors will find themselves very busy.

Building inspection is a specialized trade in itself, so inspectors will find that they are paid a very fair wage, and are usually paid by the hour. The hours may be traditional office hours, or they may be more sporadic, depending on the construction going on in the area. In the case of an accident occurring on a work site, an inspector usually needs to respond immediately to assess the situation and create a report on it. This could result in many hours on site outside regular office hours. Self-employed home inspectors may work evenings and weekends to satisfy their clients. They also may have to work more hours than inspectors that are employed by a city. These self employed inspectors may find they prefer to write reports in the evenings so they have more time to inspect during the day. As of 2012, 11% of construction inspectors were self-employed. This is similar statistic to the rest of the construction industry.


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