Government Property Inspectors and Investigators

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About the Job

Investigate or inspect government property to ensure compliance with contract agreements and government regulations.

It is also Called

  • Warehouse Examiner
  • Station Examiner
  • Rent and Housing Investigator
  • Rehabilitation Construction Specialist
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Quality Assurance Representative
  • Quality Assurance Inspector
  • Property Inspector
  • Project Inspector
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What They Do

  • Locate and interview plaintiffs, witnesses, or representatives of business or government to gather facts relevant to inspections or alleged violations.
  • Monitor investigations of suspected offenders to ensure that they are conducted in accordance with constitutional requirements.
  • Coordinate with or assist law enforcement agencies in matters of mutual concern.
  • Testify in court or at administrative proceedings concerning investigation findings.
  • Recommend legal or administrative action to protect government property.
  • Investigate applications for special licenses or permits.
  • Inspect government-owned equipment or materials in the possession of private contractors to ensure compliance with contracts or regulations or to prevent misuse.
  • Submit samples of products to government laboratories for testing, as required.
  • Collect, identify, evaluate, or preserve case evidence.
  • Inspect manufactured or processed products to ensure compliance with contract specifications or legal requirements.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CER.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Enterprising and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $67,390 with most people making between $38,270 and $101,530

Outlook

0.39%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 10,990 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 11,420 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 43 openings due to growth and about 157 replacement openings for approximately 200 total annual openings.



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