I was wondering if anyone on these boards has ever heard of an urban planner switching to a plans examiner/building inspector. I'm fairly new to the planning field (3 years) and am fairly frustrated by the lack of structure, organization, and planning from the planning department I'm working for. I was hoping this department was an anomaly, but from what I've been reading this appears to be a common problem. Building departments, on the other hand, seem much more cut and dry with a lot less b.s.
I'm thinking of switching to a plans examiner/building inspector because one of the things I enjoy with my current position is plan review. Granted, I would be looking at the plans from a different perspective but I think I would still enjoy it. As for related knowledge and experience, I worked construction for a year, took a few drafting courses in high school, and have done development review for the 3 years I've been in planning. However, I'm thinking it might be difficult landing the first job.
Thanks for any comments and/or suggestions.