When choosing the roofing field to find a job you will find that this field offers both unskilled and skilled jobs. These types of jobs will typically fall under the category of maintenance and repair jobs. There is a high demand for roofers as there is always some type of construction happening in the industrial, residential, and commercial area. It is easy to find a job if you are not scared of heights, do not mind working outdoors in hot weather, long days, can climb up and down ladders, steady on your feet on uneven surfaces, doing a lot of bending and kneeling, and can carry heavy loads. The work is physically demanding. When working for a roofing contractor you could work putting roofs on houses, office buildings, manufacturing plants, etc.
When working as a roofer you will not only install new roofs but you will also re-roof or repair older roofs. They work with material made of such things as rock, metal, wood, tile, asphalt, shingles, or thermoplastic.
Many times a roofer will get their skills from practical experience working their way up from helpers to being an experienced, professional roofer. It does take a long time to learn how to become an experience roofer. There are some that work as an apprentice with the expert roofers in order to become a professional roofing contractor or roofer a little faster. Although they may begin as a helper, in time with experience they can become roofing contractors and offer their own roofing services.
On average an experienced roofer can earn approximated fourteen dollars and fifty cents an hour but it depends on the area where you live and the type of roofing services the company you are working for offers. If you are just starting out as a roofer or working in an apprenticeship you will normally earn between forty and fifty percent of the amount that an experienced roofer gets.
When applying for a job as a roofer, most start out as a roofing apprentice working and receiving training under a roofer that is experienced on every area of the roofing job. A roofing apprentice gets training on the job and theoretical knowledge. Once you have taken a test showing that they are competent to do the job and passed you will get a certificate showing you are qualified to become a ticketed journeymen roofer. At this level, the certificate they have is like a license telling roofing services that they can undertake any type of roofing work.
If you want metal roofing jobs you need to take an apprenticeship as a sheet metal roofer. In this job you will help the professional roofing contractor install slope roofing systems. The next step up in this area would be to become a ticketed sheet metal worker. This roofer is either experienced or licensed roofers who do work with metal sheets that are used in the field of industrial roofing and can do any job that is related to working with metal sheets.