Many people ride in them all the time to get to work, but most people probably don’t give any mind to the safety of elevators until they get stuck in one.
Let’s face it, if you work in a gargantuan skyscraper it might be good exercise to hike to the 100th floor every day, but for the sake of your time and sanity the elevator is quicker. That’s why elevator inspectors make sure all elevators meet safety and compliance codes for passengers and freight. They also inspect escalators, moving sidewalks, and wheelchair lift systems. After investigating complaints, they also can choose to recommend fixes to repairmen.
A college degree is not a requirement, but this job may require specific certifications and licensure depending on the state. All in all it’s a well-paying – albeit up and down – career.