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Roofers

Roofers
Quick Facts : Roofers*
2010 Median Pay$34,220
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012136,700
Job Outlook18% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change24,400


Roofers repair and install the roofs of buildings using a variety of materials, including shingles, asphalt, and metal. They are required to wear safety equipment, including harnesses, on a steep-slope roof. Roofing work is strenuous and tiring. It involves heavy lifting, as well as climbing and bending. Work-related injuries for roofers are among the highest of all occupations.

What Roofers Do

  •     Inspect problem roofs to determine the best way to repair them
  •     Measure roof to calculate the quantities of materials needed
  •     Replace damaged or rotting joists or plywood
  •     Install vapor barriers or layers of insulation
  •     Align roofing materials with edges of the roof

Work Environment

Roofing work is strenuous and tiring. It involves heavy lifting, as well as climbing and bending. Work-related injuries for roofers are among the highest of all occupations.
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Job Outlook

Employment of roofers is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020 since roofs deteriorate more quickly than most other parts of buildings and, as a result, they need to be repaired or replaced more often.
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Pay

The average salary of roofers in May 2010 was $34,220.
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Roofers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Roofers

34220

Construction Occupations

43910.3704

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Roofers*
Percent Change in Employment

Roofers

17.8493

Construction Occupations

21.314657794104683

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Roofers

Some roofers learn through a 3-year apprenticeship. Most on-the-job training programs consist of informal instruction in which experienced workers teach new workers how to use roofing tools, equipment, machines, and materials. Trainees begin with tasks such as carrying equipment and material and erecting scaffolds and hoists. Within 2 or 3 months, they are taught to measure, cut, and fit roofing materials and, later, to lay asphalt or fiberglass shingles.
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