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An Introduction To Becoming A Building Code Consultant

Do you work in the construction industry? Have you grown tired of swinging a hammer? Has the manual labor started to take its toll on you? If so, you may be considering a career change and working as a building code consultant may be the right choice for you.

As a building code consultant, you will be assessing various buildings – both new construction and existing construction – to ensure that they meet both national and state ordinances and zoning regulations. In fact, you have probably worked with these professionals during your tenure in the construction industry.

If you are interested in a career change and a building code consultant is something that piques your interest, here's a more detailed look at this position.

Education/Experience Needed

In order to become a building code consultant, you do not need to attain a degree in higher education. A high school diploma or the equivalent is the only formal education that you need; however, an extensive knowledge of construction is helpful and highly desired. Receiving a certification is also necessary, as this will certify that you are familiar with the current safety codes and regulations.

A Day-in-the-Life of a Building Code Consultant

In this field, you will visit various construction sites, as well as buildings that are already constructed. You will complete a checklist that certifies that the building you are inspecting meets all regulations and codes. During your inspections, you may be required to climb ladders and crawl through small spaces. As such, agility is helpful, but this job is not as physically taxing as other jobs in the construction industry, such as installing sheetrock or building frames.

The Average Pay of a Building Code Consultant

The average salary of a person in this profession varies according to the location where the work is being performed. For example, a building code consultant in New York, New York can expect to make nearly $80,000 per year (as of August, 2015). However, as of 2012, the average salary for a professional in this field was approximately $53,000 per year.  

Anticipated Employment Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in this industry is expected to expand by 12 percent between 2012 and 2022. This is an average job growth, which means that acquiring a job in this field is promising.

If you want to put your hammer away, but you still want to work in the construction industry while earning a decent wage, a career as a building code consultant may be the right career change for you.