Employment of roofers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Replacement and repair of roofs, as well as the installation of new roofs, will create demand for roofers.
Roofs deteriorate more quickly than most other parts of buildings, and as a result, they need to be replaced or repaired more often. Results of a National Roofing Contractors Association survey indicate that about three-quarters of all roofing work is for repair and replacement. In addition to normal deterioration, extreme weather events often damage roofs and require immediate repair or replacement.
In addition to replacement and repair work, the need to install roofs on new buildings may also result in job growth. However, some roofing activities, such as removing old roofs, also may be done by other construction workers, which may slow job growth for traditional roofing contractors.
Job opportunities for roofers should be excellent. Most jobs for roofers will stem primarily from the need to replace the many workers who leave the occupation each year, some of whom seek jobs in other construction trades. Jobs are generally easier to find during spring and summer. In addition, workers with military service experience are viewed favorably during initial hiring.
Demand for roofers is less vulnerable to downturns than for other construction trades because much roofing work consists of repair and reroofing, in addition to new construction. Still, workers may experience periods of unemployment when the overall level of new construction falls, and shortages of workers may occur in some areas during peak periods of building activity.
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Construction trades workers
Total, all occupations
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program