Plumbing Inspectors inspect plumbing work to ensure compliance with relevant standards and regulations.
Specialisations: Drainage Inspector, Gas Plumbing Inspector, Sanitary Plumbing and Water Supply Inspector.
A certificate III in plumbing and a trade background in plumbing is usually needed to work as a Plumbing Inspector.
Inspects work and materials for compliance with specifications, regulations and standards.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 93% of people employed as Plumbing Inspectors work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 27 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 40 hours per week in their main job. This is 4 hours less than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Plumbing Inspectors work in the Public administration and safety industry. They are also employed in industries like:
- Electricity, gas, water and waste services
- Professional, scientific and technical services.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Plumbing Inspectors||All Jobs Average|
Around 59% of Plumbing Inspectors live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Queensland has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Plumbing Inspectors is 53 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 4% of the workforce. This is 44 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Plumbing Inspectors||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||6.8||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A certificate III in plumbing and a trade background in plumbing is usually needed to work as a Plumbing Inspector.
Registration or licencing may be required.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Plumbing Inspectors||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||2.8||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Architectural, Building & Surveying Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
50%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
48%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Using maths to solve problems.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
46%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
43%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
41%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
79%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
73%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
63%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
57%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
48%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
48%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
47%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
45%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
39%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
39%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
30%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
28%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Write in a way that people can understand.
See details that are far away.
48%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
46%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
73%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
65%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
65%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
61%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
61%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
61%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
60%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
60%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
60%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
58%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
58%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
57%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
56%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
56%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
55%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
52%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
51%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
50%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
46%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
44%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Talk on the telephone.
Talk with people face-to-face.
94%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
92%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Use electronic mail.
88%In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).
85%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
84%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
84%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
82%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Work to strict deadlines.
81%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
80%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
80%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
79%Bright or inadequate lighting
Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.
79%Outdoors, under cover
Work outdoors, under cover (e.g., in an open shed).
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
78%Work at heights
Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).
73%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
73%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
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