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74 Associates's Degrees Annually
#143 in Popularity (Associate's)
$63,150 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Building Inspection Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many building/home/construction inspection/inspector graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 148
Undergraduate Certificate 79
Associate’s Degree 74

What Building Inspection Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, building/home/construction inspection/inspector majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills for Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to building/home/construction inspection/inspector:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

Abilities for Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a building/home/construction inspection/inspector student include the following:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Building Inspection Major?

People with a building/home/construction inspection/inspector degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Construction and Building Inspectors 10.1% $59,700
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 12.6% $65,230

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Building Inspection?

74 Associate's Degrees Annually
18% Percent Women
50% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 82% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of building/home/construction inspection/inspector majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 26
White 34
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 6

Geographic Diversity

Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector appeals to people across the globe. About 1.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Building Inspection Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Building/Home/Construction Inspection/Inspector majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $63,150 to $70,540 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Building Inspection Major  ( 63150 to 70540 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with building/home/construction inspection/inspector require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for building/home/construction inspection/inspector careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.9%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 29.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 22.7%
Some College Courses 26.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 9.4%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 1.6%
Master’s Degree 1.6%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.6%

Online Building Inspection Programs

In 2018-2019, 53 schools offered a building/home/construction inspection/inspector program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 38 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 18 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 30 0
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 38 1
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Building Inspection Worth It?

The median salary for a building/home/construction inspection/inspector grad is $63,150 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 58% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $465,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to building/home/construction inspection/inspector.

Major Number of Grads
Building/Property Maintenance 1,699
Building Construction Technology 1,362
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager 752
Other Building/Construction Finishing, Management, & Inspection 609
Glazier 67
Drywall Installation/Drywaller 62
Painting/Painter & Wall Coverer 52
Roofer 30
Carpet, Floor, & Tile Worker 10
Concrete Finishing/Concrete Finisher 6
Metal Building Assembly/Assembler 0
Insulator 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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