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.

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Quick Facts
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Duties Install and repair roofs of buildings using a variety of materials and methods
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Most employers hire applicants who are at least 18 years of age
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Roofing Contractor or Estimator
  • Supervisor
  • Roofer
  • Helper or Apprentice

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