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.
Employment of roofers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2019 to 2029, slower than the average for all occupations. Replacement and repair of roofs, as well as the installation of new roofs, will create demand for roofers.
Roofing work can be physically demanding because it involves heavy lifting, as well as climbing, bending, and kneeling, frequently in very hot weather. Roofers may work overtime in order to finish a particular job, especially during busier summer months.