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Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers

What they do?

Non-destructive testers and inspectors operate ultrasonic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, and other testing equipment to detect defects in objects of different compositions/materials.

Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers inspect aircraft, boats, ships, cars and trucks, weighing/measuring devices, industrial instruments, processes, and equipment.

Inspectors in public health, environmental health, and occupational health and safety inspect restaurants, plants, hotels, water systems, and workplaces.

Construction inspectors inspect the construction/maintenance of buildings, bridges, highways, and industrial construction.

Where they find work?

1. Public administration - 34.0%
2. Architectural engineering and related services - 13.0%
3. Construction - 8.0%
4. Utilities - 4.0%
5. Health care and social assistance - 4.0%
6. Transportation and warehousing - 4.0%

What education do I need?

1. To be a technical inspector or regulatory officer, you usually need certification.

2. To be a non-destructive tester or inspector, you need a high school diploma and two years of a college or university engineering program.

3. To be an engineering inspector or regulatory officer, you need a college diploma or university degree in an appropriate field, or trade qualifications and extensive experience.

4. To be an inspector in public, environmental, or occupational health and safety, you usually need a college diploma or university degree in food science, environmental studies, chemistry, health and safety or a related field.

5. To be a construction inspector, you need a college diploma in construction, civil engineering or architectural technology plus several years' experience, or several years' experience as a qualified tradesperson.

6. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree and almost 2 in 5 have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Physics
3. Mechanics
4. Chemistry

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers is $25.82/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers Wage By Age

Unemployment:

3% of Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers is considered Above Average because:

1. Employment grew at a below-average rate.

2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.

3. Hourly wages ($25.82) are above the average ($18.07), and the wage growth is also above average.

4. The unemployment rate (3%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Above Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers are found in Alberta and Nova Scotia while the lowest concentrations are in Prince Edward Island and Manitoba.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (56%) is above the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Communication skills

2. Work in industry ethics or safety

3. Customer relations

Part Time Workers

Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


5% of Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 36,900 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 54% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The older-than-average age (44) of worker will likely result in an above-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 11% of Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


18% of the individuals employed as Other Technical Inspectors and Regulatory Officers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.