On the Job
Roofers repair and cover roofs with shingles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, or wood. They may spray roofs to bind or insulate them.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Apply adhesives to construction materials.
- Pour materials into or on designated areas.
- Remove debris or vegetation from work sites.
- Spread sand, dirt or other loose materials onto surfaces.
- Apply paint to surfaces.
- Apply sealants or other protective coatings.
- Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
- Cut carpet, vinyl or other flexible materials.
- Drill holes in construction materials.
- Install doors or windows.
Typical Working Conditions
- Working outdoors exposed to weather.
- Exposure to high places.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Working with a group or team.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- High levels of competition.
- Frequent decision-making.
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