People who want to take up roofing as a career will have to pursue a specialized apprentice training curriculum, which is a basic educational qualification required for the job. The apprentice training program is a combination of theoretical and practical courses covering various aspects of construction including quality management, material selection, roof installation techniques, roof installation skills, and diagnostic skills.

A fully licensed roofer who has successfully completed this type of program is well trained to handle different types and sizes of roofing projects in various settings. Residential roofers primarily specialize in shingle installation on homes. They may also carry out roof inspection services for hail, wind and water damage. Commercial roofers mostly work on bigger commercial and industrial buildings.

The roofer apprentice programs in most countries take three years to complete. The trainee has to complete a minimum of 4,000 hours of extensive training to get recognized and licensed to handle roofing-related jobs independently. The curriculum includes both on-the-job training and classroom instruction. In practical training sessions, trainees work on demo projects and their work is strictly supervised by a well-experienced roofer.

The essential skills that every roofer should have include the ability to read and understand plans, have average carpentry skills, good verbal skills, and the willingness to be part of a team. At times, the job will involve lifting and delivering heavy materials onto the tops of buildings and homes, so fitness and agility is important.

What are Roofers like?


Based on our pool of users, roofers tend to be predominately realistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Roofers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 217 Sokanu users

Are Roofers happy?


Roofers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 6th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Roofer Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Roofers

The most common degree held by roofers is Automotive Repair. 2% of roofers had a degree in automotive repair before becoming roofers. That is over 9 times the average across all careers.

Roofer Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Roofer, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of roofers % of population Multiple
Automotive Repair 1.8% 0.2% 8.9×

Roofer Education Levels

49% of roofers have a high school diploma. 26% of roofers have a no education.

No education 26%
High school diploma 49%
Associate's degree 18%
Bachelor's degree 0%
Master's degree 2%
Doctorate degree 2%

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