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Occupation Profile for Roofers

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

 
 
 

 
 
Overview
$32,260.00 Median Annual Wage 6,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
10.9 Average Unemployment Percentage 85.7 Percentage That Completed High School
156,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 11.4 Percentage That Had Some College
179,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 2.8 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Aluminum Shingle Roofer
Applicator
Apprentice, Roofer
Apprentice, Slater
Asbestos Shingle Roofer
Composition Roofer
Gravel Roofer
Gypsum Roofer
Hot Tar Roofer
Industrial Roofer
Laborer
Metal Roofer
Metal Roofing Mechanic
Metal Worker
Residential Roofer
Roof Mechanic
Roof Service Technician
Roofer
Roofer Applicator
Roofer Apprentice
Roofing Applicator
Roofing Layer
Roofing Technician
Sheet Metal Roofer
Slate Roofer
Slater
Tar Roofer
Terra Cotta Roofer
Tile Layer Roof
Tile Roofer
Tin Roofer
Wood Shingle Roofer

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Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
Knowledge
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Abilities
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Tasks
  • Supplemental — Mop or pour hot asphalt or tar onto roof bases.
  • Core — Cut felt, shingles, and strips of flashing; and fit them into angles formed by walls, vents, and intersecting roof surfaces.
  • Supplemental — Apply plastic coatings and membranes, fiberglass, or felt over sloped roofs before applying shingles.
  • Core — Install vapor barriers and/or layers of insulation on the roof decks of flat roofs, and seal the seams.
  • Supplemental — Hammer and chisel away rough spots or remove them with rubbing bricks to prepare surfaces for waterproofing.
Activities
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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