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.
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%
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.
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.