Type: Occupation

Description: A roofer is a tradesperson who specializes in the construction, repair, and maintenance of roofs. Roofers work with a variety of materials including shingles, bitumen, and metal, ensuring that roofs are watertight, structurally sound, and aesthetically pleasing. Their work involves tasks such as installing insulation, vapor barriers, and roofing materials, as well as inspecting roofs for damage and determining the best repair methods. Roofers must have a strong understanding of safety protocols due to the hazardous nature of their work, which often involves working at significant heights.


  • Skills: Knowledge of roofing materials and techniques, proficiency in using hand and power tools, ability to read blueprints and technical drawings, physical strength and stamina, attention to detail, and adherence to safety standards.
  • Education and Training: Often requires a high school diploma or equivalent; many roofers learn the trade through apprenticeships or on-the-job training.
  • Certifications: Varies by region; may include certifications from organizations like the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) or similar bodies.
  • Work Environment: Outdoor work, often in varying weather conditions, with a significant amount of climbing, bending, and heavy lifting.
  • Physical Demands: High; involves significant physical activity, including lifting heavy materials and working at heights.


Related Occupations: Carpenter, Construction Laborer, Sheet Metal Worker, Building Inspector.

Employers: Construction companies, roofing contractors, self-employed (independent contractors), and property management firms.

Industry Associations: National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Roofing Contractors Association of Your Region (hypothetical example), International Federation for the Roofing Trade (IFD).

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