What Does A Roofer Do?

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.

How Do I Become A Roofer?

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.

What is the Average Salary For A Roofer?

High – 64,000
Median – 37,000
Low – 25,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Roofer?

  • English – As much as possible!
  • Trade-related courses
  • Math
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For A Roofer?

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!

What Is The Future Outlook For A Roofer?

The job outlook for this position looks excellent over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada