Roofers install and repair roofs of buildings using a variety of materials and methods, including built-up roofing, single-ply roofing systems, asphalt shingles, tile, and slate. They may also waterproof and damp-proof walls, swimming pools, and other building surfaces. Approximately 99,060 roofers are employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Install and repair roofs of buildings using a variety of materials and methods
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
  • Building/Trades
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements Most employers hire applicants who are at least 18 years of age
Career Ladder
  • Roofing Contractor or Estimator
  • Supervisor
  • Roofer
  • Helper or Apprentice

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