Career Details


Career Overview

Roofers use various roofing materials to install, repair or replace low or steep-sloped roofs on buildings. This work requires a lot of measuring and cutting of materials, and it may require replacing joists or plywood.


A high school diploma or equivalent is usually required to obtain these positions. Most people learn this job through on-the-job training programs, which in some locations is a three-year long apprenticeship program.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$25,000 /yr
$37,000 /yr
$64,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Trade-related courses
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks excellent over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Roofers typically work for roofing contractors. This work requires a lot of heavy lifting, climbing, bending, and kneeling in various weather conditions. Roofs can get very hot in the summer!


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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