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