Roofer Job Description
Roofers work on construction projects, where they are responsible for repairing and installing roofing materials. They work with a variety of materials including asphalt, wood, aluminum, slate, shingles, and asphalt.
Some roofers specialize in working with a particular type of material, while others are comfortable working with many types of materials.
Responsibilities for this occupation include:
- Measuring the roof to determine the amount of materials required for the job.
- Providing quotes to potential customers.
- Inspecting problems with a roof to determine the best method of repair.
- Replacing rotted or broken materials.
Work Environment and Schedule
Roofers work outside, which can be difficult depending on the climate at the time.
Their schedule can often be restricted by the weather, as rain or cold temperatures can create hazardous working conditions. Because the weather may not allow for much work to be done during the winter months, it’s common for roofers to work overtime from the spring through the fall to make up for their offseason.
This is a physically demanding career, with one of the highest rates of injury among all occupations. Most injuries can be prevented with good planning and proper safety measures, however.
Many roofers are self-employed, but most work as part of a crew for a contractor.
How to Become a Roofer
The majority of roofers learn their trade on the job. Though there are rarely any formal education requirements, a background in algebra or geometry can be very beneficial on the job.
Apprenticeships for roofers are also available, and last for three years. At the completion of an apprenticeship, they are considered journey workers.
To find an apprenticeship, use the Department of Labor’s apprenticeship search.
There are currently 136,700 roofers in the United States, with 5,250 new roofer job openings created each year.
Roofer jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Roofer salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most roofers make between $27,600 – $46,700 per year, or $13.28 – $22.44 per hour.