Roofers install, repair, and maintain roofs
Handy with tools? Not afraid of heights? Explore being a roofer!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Roofers are in high demand, have a high salary, and have a high job satisfaction. Work outdoors on top of the world.

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Commercial Roofer, Industrial Roofer, Metal Roofing Mechanic, Residential Roofer, Roof Mechanic, Roof Service Technician, Roofer, Roofing Technician, Sheet Metal Roofer

Cover roofs of structures with shingles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood, or related materials. May spray roofs, sidings, and walls with material to bind, seal, insulate, or soundproof sections of structures.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Commercial Roofer, Industrial Roofer, Metal Roofing Mechanic, Residential Roofer, Roof Mechanic, Roof Service Technician, Roofer, Roofing Technician, Sheet Metal Roofer
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Your Typical Day:

  • Inspect problem roofs to determine the best repair procedures.
  • Remove snow, water, or debris from roofs prior to applying roofing materials.
  • Set up scaffolding to provide safe access to roofs.
  • Estimate materials and labor required to complete roofing jobs.
  • Cement or nail flashing strips of metal or shingle over joints to make them watertight.
  • Install partially overlapping layers of material over roof insulation surfaces, using chalk lines, gauges on shingling hatchets, or lines on shingles.
  • Cut felt, shingles, or strips of flashing to fit angles formed by walls, vents, or intersecting roof surfaces.
  • Apply plastic coatings, membranes, fiberglass, or felt over sloped roofs before applying shingles.
  • Install, repair, or replace single-ply roofing systems, using waterproof sheet materials such as modified plastics, elastomeric, or other asphaltic compositions.
  • Attach roofing paper to roofs in overlapping strips to form bases for other materials.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Inspect work sites to determine condition or necessary repairs.
  • Remove debris or vegetation from work sites.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Estimate construction project labor requirements.
  • Estimate materials requirements for projects.
  • Install roofing materials.
  • Apply adhesives to construction materials.
  • Cut carpet, vinyl or other flexible materials.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings.
  • Apply paint to surfaces.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Building and Construction

Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. 90/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 63/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 59/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 58/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 56/100

  • Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 55/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 55/100

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 52/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 50/100

  • Administrative

Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology. 40/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Hip and ridge
  • Blow torch
  • Hammers
  • Hatchets
  • Hoists
  • Sheet metal pliers
  • Shears
  • Power saws
  • Tinners snips
  • Pry bars
  • Scaffolding stabilizers
  • Pullers
  • Utility knives
  • Blocks or pulleys
  • Kettle exchangers
  • Seam welder
  • Trowels
  • Cold chisels
  • Air dryers
  • Angle brackets
  • Soldering iron
  • Chalk lines
  • Safety shoes
  • Safety harnesses or belts
  • Chip Spreaders
  • Hydraulic hand crimp tool
  • Staple guns
  • Ladders
  • Pipe bending tools
  • Scaffolding handrail
  • Tape measures
  • Bituminous material distributors
  • Heat tracing equipment
  • Fall protection lanyard
  • Rivet tools
  • Manual press brake
  • Scaffolding
  • Liquid leak detectors
  • Metal folding machine
  • Anvils
  • Welding masks
  • Shovels
  • Tongs
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
  • Safety hooks
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts
  • Pneumatic nail drivers
  • Protractors
  • Punching pliers
  • Measuring wheels for distance
  • Power nail guns
  • Swaging tools
  • Scales
  • Heat guns
  • Cutting machines
  • Claw hammer
  • Magnetic tools
  • Roofing mop
  • Air compressors
  • Putty knives
  • Notebook computers
  • Power drills
  • Axes
  • Laser printers
  • Wood chisels
  • Caulking guns
  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
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