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Building Inspectors

ANZSCO ID 312113

Overview

All Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians

  • $1,838 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Building Inspectors

  • 5,300 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 85% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 10% female Gender Share

Building Inspectors inspect buildings to ensure compliance with laws and regulations and advise on building requirements.

Specialisations: Electrical Installation Inspector.

You usually need a formal qualification in building surveying to work as a Building Inspector. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • Reviews and provides advice on plans to ensure they meet building codes, local ordinances, zoning regulations and contract specifications.
  • Approves building plans that are satisfactory and issues building permits.
  • Monitors construction sites periodically to ensure overall compliance.
  • Inspects plumbing, electrical and other systems to verify alignment level, structure elevation and ensure that they meet the necessary code/specifications.
  • Uses survey instruments, metering devices, and test equipment to perform inspections.
  • Provides written documentation of findings from inspections.
  • Issues violation notices and stop-work orders until building work is compliant.
  • Certifies structure and plan compliance with the corresponding building regulations.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a formal qualification in building surveying to work as a Building Inspector. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Registration or licencing may be required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    79% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  2. Customer and personal service

    73% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. English language

    64% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Engineering and technology

    63% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Technical design

    59% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  6. Public safety and security

    57% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  7. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Mechanical

    53% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  9. Clerical

    52% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  10. Education and training

    48% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  11. Law and government

    48% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  12. Computers and electronics

    47% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  13. Administration and management

    45% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  14. Physics

    45% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  15. Sales and marketing

    39% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  16. Personnel and human resources

    39% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  17. Psychology

    31% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  18. Production and processing

    30% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Economics and accounting

    28% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  20. Telecommunications

    26% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Speaking

    54% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  4. Active listening

    52% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  5. Quality control analysis

    50% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  6. Judgment and decision making

    48% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  7. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  8. Mathematics

    48% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  9. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  10. Complex problem solving

    46% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  11. Active learning

    46% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  12. Systems evaluation

    45% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  13. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  15. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  16. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Learning strategies

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  18. Management of personnel resources

    41% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  19. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Operation monitoring

    36% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  2. Deductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  3. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  4. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  8. Written expression

    54% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  9. Far vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  10. Sorting or ordering

    48% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Visualization

    48% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  12. Flexibility of closure

    46% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  13. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  14. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  15. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  16. Colour discrimination

    45% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  17. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  19. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Brainstorming

    41% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    73% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Checking for errors or defects

    65% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  3. Communicating with the public

    65% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  4. Researching and investigating

    61% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  6. Documenting or recording information

    61% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  7. Checking compliance with standards

    60% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  8. Building good relationships

    60% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  9. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    60% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    58% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  11. Planning and prioritising work

    58% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  12. Working with the public

    57% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  13. Collecting and organising information

    56% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  14. Doing physically active work

    56% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  15. Looking for changes over time

    55% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  16. Scheduling work and activities

    52% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  17. Explaining things to people

    51% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  18. Making sense of information and ideas

    50% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  19. Providing office support

    46% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  20. Working with computers

    44% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-4011.00 - Construction and Building Inspectors.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    94% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Electronic mail

    88% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  6. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    88% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  7. Letters and memos

    85% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  8. Being exact or accurate

    84% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    84% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  10. Contact with people

    82% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  11. Time pressure

    82% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  12. Contact with the public

    81% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  13. Frequent decision making

    80% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  14. Impact of decisions

    80% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  15. Bright or inadequate lighting

    79% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  16. Outdoors, under cover

    79% Important

    Work outdoors, under cover (e.g., in an open shed).

  17. Unstructured work

    78% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  18. Work at heights

    78% Important

    Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).

  19. Exposure to contaminants

    73% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  20. Very hot or cold temperatures

    73% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    81% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Working conditions

    64% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Achievement

    62% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Recognition

    52% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    86% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    67% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Enterprising

    38% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-4011.00 - Construction and Building Inspectors.

All Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians

  • $1,838 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Building Inspectors

  • 5,300 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 85% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 10% female Gender Share

Building Inspectors inspect buildings to ensure compliance with laws and regulations and advise on building requirements.

Specialisations: Electrical Installation Inspector.

You usually need a formal qualification in building surveying to work as a Building Inspector. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • Reviews and provides advice on plans to ensure they meet building codes, local ordinances, zoning regulations and contract specifications.
  • Approves building plans that are satisfactory and issues building permits.
  • Monitors construction sites periodically to ensure overall compliance.
  • Inspects plumbing, electrical and other systems to verify alignment level, structure elevation and ensure that they meet the necessary code/specifications.
  • Uses survey instruments, metering devices, and test equipment to perform inspections.
  • Provides written documentation of findings from inspections.
  • Issues violation notices and stop-work orders until building work is compliant.
  • Certifies structure and plan compliance with the corresponding building regulations.

You usually need a formal qualification in building surveying to work as a Building Inspector. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Registration or licencing may be required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.

Employers look for Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    79% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  2. Customer and personal service

    73% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. English language

    64% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Engineering and technology

    63% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Technical design

    59% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  6. Public safety and security

    57% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  7. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Mechanical

    53% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  9. Clerical

    52% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  10. Education and training

    48% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  11. Law and government

    48% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  12. Computers and electronics

    47% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  13. Administration and management

    45% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  14. Physics

    45% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  15. Sales and marketing

    39% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  16. Personnel and human resources

    39% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  17. Psychology

    31% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  18. Production and processing

    30% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Economics and accounting

    28% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  20. Telecommunications

    26% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Speaking

    54% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  4. Active listening

    52% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  5. Quality control analysis

    50% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  6. Judgment and decision making

    48% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  7. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  8. Mathematics

    48% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  9. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  10. Complex problem solving

    46% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  11. Active learning

    46% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  12. Systems evaluation

    45% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  13. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  15. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  16. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Learning strategies

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  18. Management of personnel resources

    41% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  19. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Operation monitoring

    36% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  2. Deductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  3. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  4. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Near vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  8. Written expression

    54% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  9. Far vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  10. Sorting or ordering

    48% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  11. Visualization

    48% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  12. Flexibility of closure

    46% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  13. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  14. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  15. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  16. Colour discrimination

    45% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  17. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  19. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Brainstorming

    41% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    73% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Checking for errors or defects

    65% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  3. Communicating with the public

    65% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  4. Researching and investigating

    61% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  6. Documenting or recording information

    61% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  7. Checking compliance with standards

    60% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  8. Building good relationships

    60% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  9. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    60% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    58% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  11. Planning and prioritising work

    58% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  12. Working with the public

    57% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  13. Collecting and organising information

    56% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  14. Doing physically active work

    56% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  15. Looking for changes over time

    55% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  16. Scheduling work and activities

    52% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  17. Explaining things to people

    51% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  18. Making sense of information and ideas

    50% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  19. Providing office support

    46% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  20. Working with computers

    44% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-4011.00 - Construction and Building Inspectors.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    94% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Electronic mail

    88% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  6. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    88% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  7. Letters and memos

    85% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  8. Being exact or accurate

    84% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    84% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  10. Contact with people

    82% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  11. Time pressure

    82% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  12. Contact with the public

    81% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  13. Frequent decision making

    80% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  14. Impact of decisions

    80% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  15. Bright or inadequate lighting

    79% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  16. Outdoors, under cover

    79% Important

    Work outdoors, under cover (e.g., in an open shed).

  17. Unstructured work

    78% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  18. Work at heights

    78% Important

    Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).

  19. Exposure to contaminants

    73% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  20. Very hot or cold temperatures

    73% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    81% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Independence

    71% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Working conditions

    64% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  4. Achievement

    62% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Recognition

    52% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    86% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Analytical

    67% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  4. Enterprising

    38% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-4011.00 - Construction and Building Inspectors.
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