Home Inspector Careers

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Career Overview

Home inspectors are also called construction inspectors. They are responsible to ensure that buildings and other infrastructures are safe including streets, sewers, and water systems. Home inspectors specifically check that the construction of residential buildings complies with the building codes, ordinances, zoning regulations, and contractor specifications of a given area and home plan. Inspectors will check on new construction projects regularly through the construction process to ensure that all building codes are being met as a structure is being built.

Education Requirements

High School Diploma

Home inspectors can complete a home inspection training course through a community college or vocational program. Employers like to hire employees who have taken courses in building inspection, home inspection, construction, drafting, and math.


Many states require a license to become a construction or building inspector. Many states also require the passing of a home inspector examination to get licensed.
Careers for home inspectors

Top Schools for Home Inspectors:

American Home Inspectors Training Institute
Kaplan University
DeVry College
Ashworth College
Penn Foster Career College
Allied Business Schools

Career Trends

Yearly average wages for home inspectors in 2008: $50,180
Jobs in 2008 for home inspectors: 106,400
Projected employment openings for home inspectors through 2018: 124,200

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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