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Government Property Inspectors and Investigators
SOC Code: 13-1041.04

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

Sample of reported job titles: Airport Operations Officer, Asset Manager, Environmental Specialist, Housing Inspector, Housing Management Representative, Housing Quality Standard Inspector (HQS Inspector), Neighborhood Conservation Officer, Quality Assurance Specialist, Quality Control Manager, Rehabilitation Construction Specialist

Tasks

  • Prepare correspondence, reports of inspections or investigations or recommendations for action.
  • Examine records, reports, or other documents to establish facts or detect discrepancies.
  • Inspect government property, such as construction sites or public housing, to ensure compliance with contract specifications or legal requirements.
  • Investigate alleged license or permit violations.
  • Inspect manufactured or processed products to ensure compliance with contract specifications or legal requirements.
  • Collect, identify, evaluate, or preserve case evidence.
  • Submit samples of products to government laboratories for testing, as required.
  • Inspect government-owned equipment or materials in the possession of private contractors to ensure compliance with contracts or regulations or to prevent misuse.
  • Investigate applications for special licenses or permits.
  • Recommend legal or administrative action to protect government property.
  • Testify in court or at administrative proceedings concerning investigation findings.
  • Coordinate with or assist law enforcement agencies in matters of mutual concern.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - Deltek Costpoint
  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD ; Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D ; Bentley Microstation
  • Data base user interface and query software - BrioQuery; Database software; Microsoft Access ; Unique Identification UID system databases
  • Desktop publishing software - Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Development environment software - Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite
  • Document management software - Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat ; Records management software
  • Electronic mail software - Email software; Microsoft Outlook
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - SAP
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator ; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Inventory management software - Inventory control system software; Peninsula Software Quicktrack Pro; Plant Clearance Automated Reutilization Screening System PCARSS; Radio frequency identification RFID software
  • Map creation software - Esri ArcGIS
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software - Shipping software; Wide Area Workflow WAWF system
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Microsoft Windows
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - Coeus
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Video conferencing software - Microsoft NetMeeting
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Desktop calculator - 10-key calculators
  • Desktop computers
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Radio frequency scanners - Radio frequency identification RFID scanners
  • Special purpose telephones - Multi-line telephone systems
  • Tablet computers

Knowledge

  • 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.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills

  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Abilities

  • 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.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Speed of Closure - The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Memorization - The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

Interests

  • Interest code: CER
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Telephone - 82% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 81% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Electronic Mail - 82% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 71% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 57% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 57% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 58% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 49% responded “Very important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 64% responded “Every day.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 42% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 39% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 37% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 44% responded “Very important results.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 35% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 37% responded “Important.”
  • Time Pressure - 41% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 33% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Letters and Memos - 40% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 43% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 59% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 48% responded “Important.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 48% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 89% responded “40 hours.”
  • Level of Competition - 36% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 34% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 25% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 65% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
39%Bachelor's degree
25%Associate's degree
16%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $32.63 hourly, $67,870 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 288,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 25,900

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