Originally Posted By: Susan
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Welcome to the profession!!
I'm coming up on three years in the inspection field and have yet to encounter any problems with being female. Currently I hold an active home inspector license and work as a municipal building inspector.
When I first started as a building inspector, I'd arrive at a construction site and feel like I was walking into a barbershop (do ya know that feeling?) ![icon_redface.gif](upload://f7DX2EWhmUfsDapWaYT3oJHMCj1.gif)
After the first 30 arrivals at various construction sites, I felt more at ease. It is hysterical to arrive in the car and all heads look when I get out and then a comment like "oh, a woman inspector!!". I only recall one time in the past year where some concrete crew thought they'd get an easily passed inspection on a footing but they had already aggravated me by whistling/cat calling when I got out of the car.
I've got ya beat by a few years as far as age. Most realize when you start talking that you know what you're talking about. Haven't had any problems at all and actually I don't get all rialed up like some men do. I truly enjoy my job. Women (and men to) have requested me for inspections (as opposed to the men inspectors). There is a definite need for women I believe.
I wish you much success and don't ever let being a female stop you from something you feel you'll be good at and can contribute to!!