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Roofer

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AVG. SALARY

$38,590

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EDUCATION

No standard requirement

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JOB OUTLOOK

Stable

What They Do

Roofers Career Video

Covers roofs of structures with shingles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood, or related materials. May spray roofs, sidings, and walls with material to bind, seal, insulate, or soundproof sections of structures.

This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Inspects problem roofs to determine the best repair procedures.
  • Removes snow, water, or debris from roofs prior to applying roofing materials.
  • Sets up scaffolding to provide safe access to roofs.
  • Estimates materials and labor required to complete roofing jobs.
  • Cements or nails flashing strips of metal or shingle over joints to make them watertight.
  • Installs partially overlapping layers of material over roof insulation surfaces, using chalk lines, gauges on shingling hatchets, or lines on shingles.
  • Cuts felt, shingles, or strips of flashing to fit angles formed by walls, vents, or intersecting roof surfaces.
  • Applies plastic coatings, membranes, fiberglass, or felt over sloped roofs before applying shingles.
  • Installs, repairs, or replaces single-ply roofing systems, using waterproof sheet materials such as modified plastics, elastomeric, or other asphaltic compositions.
  • Attaches roofing paper to roofs in overlapping strips to form bases for other materials.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Maintaining a body position that prevents falling when in an unstable position
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Commercial Roofer
  • Industrial Roofer
  • Metal Roofing Mechanic
  • Residential Roofer
  • Roof Mechanic
  • Roof Service Technician
  • Roofing Technician
  • Sheet Metal Roofer