Home Inspector Job Outlook

Job prospects for construction and building inspectors are expected to be very good. Employment is expected to grow 17 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This growth in the inspection field is a function of several factors including:

  • a desire for safety and construction quality
  • new technology affords more data and hence easier reviews
  • the growth of green and sustainable design will drive demand growth

The routine practice of obtaining home inspections is a relatively new development  and has caused employment of home inspectors to increase rapidly in recent years. Although employment of home inspectors is expected to continue to increase, the attention given to this specialty, combined with the desire of some construction workers to move into less strenuous and potentially higher paying work, may result in reduced growth of home inspectors in some areas. In addition, increasing State regulations are starting to limit entry into the specialty only to those who have a given level of previous experience and who are certified.

Home inspectors are affected by economic downturns or fluctuations in the real estate market. Those with a knowledge of construction practices, ability to read and evaluating blueprints and plans, and are certified  will be better positioned.

Information on this page summarized from:
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Construction and Building Inspectors

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