G.I. JOBS VIRTUAL CAREER EXPO   I   MAY 25TH

Roofing Contractor Jobs: a Long Term Career Option

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The Rundown

Annual Salary:$37,970

Outlook: 11% Growth by 2026

Required Skills: Physical Strength 

Balance

Unafraid of Heights

Comfortable with Tools

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Roofing contractor jobs can serve as both a long term career option or a gateway to a higher level position in construction. Roofers are a vital part of the construction process and are part of a growing and in demand job market.

Here’s what you need to know about roofing contractor jobs.

What Roofing Contractors Do

Roofers replace, repair and install roofs on buildings, homes and other structures using shingles and metal.

Duties of Roofing Contractors

Roofing contractors will perform roof inspections to determine whether it has to be repaired or fully replaced. Upon determining that a roof is in need of repairs, a roofing contractor will take measurements and decide what materials will be used in the repair.

Roofers may also be tasked with installing insulation or even ventilation systems. They may also be hired to install solar panels on a rooftop. Roofers work with shingles, asphalt, cement, wood and other materials.

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Work Environment of Roofing Contractors

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As a result of being required to work outdoors, roofers must face all kinds of weather conditions. They work in both the extreme heat and extreme cold, but most likely will not work when there is precipitation or high winds in the forecast. Not surprisingly, their work takes place on the roofs of buildings and homes, so there is a high degree of danger in their profession.

A roofer’s job is also quite physically demanding, as it requires lifting of heavy objects, bending, climbing ladders and using various hand tools. Because of their dangerous work environment and the physical demands of their job, roofers have a higher rate of injury and illness than the average occupation in the United States.

 

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How to Become a Roofing Contractor

Most roofers gain their experience on the job, although some may enter an apprenticeship program to learn their craft. Apprenticeship programs combine both classroom and field training. Because of the different types of roofing materials and different situations you may encounter on the job, it can sometimes take several years to gain the experience necessary to be successful.

 

Outlook for Roofing Contractor Jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average salary for a roofing contractor was $37,970 as of May 2017. Most roofers work full time, but may have their hours limited during winter months. Employment for roofing contractor jobs is expected to rise 11% by 2026, which is faster than the average occupation in the United States.

As a result of roofs deteriorating faster than most other parts of buildings, roofers will continue to be in demand in the future. As buildings and homes age, roofers will be called in to perform repairs or fully replace the existing roof. As new materials are created to build roofs, roofers will need to continue to learn how to use these new materials. For example, the use of solar technology will require roofers to be familiar with this new technology if they want work installing roofs that will use it.

Roofing is the kind of career that can hold long term stability, or you can use your experience as a roofer to get a job in a different area of construction should you choose.

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You can even turn your roofing experience into a career with Beacon Roofing Supply

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