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Roofers and Shinglers

What they do?

Shinglers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Install or replace asphalt shingles, wood shingles and shakes and masonry or baked clay roofing tiles on sloped roofs of buildings

B. Set up scaffolding to provide safe access to roofs.

C. Install, repair or replace built-up roofing systems using materials such as asphalt saturated felts and hot asphalt and gravel

D. Install, repair or replace single-ply roofing system using waterproof sheet materials such as modified plastics, elastomeric or other asphaltic compositions

E. Install, repair or replace shingles, shakes and other roofing tiles on sloped roofs of buildings

F. Install sheet metal flashings

G. Apply waterproof coatings to concrete or other masonry surfaces below or above ground level

Where they find work?

1. Construction - 95.0%

What education do I need?

1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.

2. For roofers, completion of a two- to three-year apprenticeship program or Over three years of work experience in the trade are usually required to be eligible for trade certification.

3. Roofing trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and British Columbia and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

4. Trade certification for residential steep roofers is available, but voluntary, in British Columbia.

5. Red Seal, an interprovincial trade certification, is also available to qualified roofers.

6. Shinglers require one to two years of on-the-job training.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. Industrial Arts
3. Business English

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Roofers and Shinglers is $18.43/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Roofers and Shinglers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Roofers and Shinglers Wage By Age


14% of Roofers and Shinglers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.


Roofers and Shinglers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Roofers and Shinglers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Roofers and Shinglers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($18.43) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (14%) is above the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be below average because of an expected decline in the residential construction industry.

2. The number of persons leaving for retirement will be insufficient to counterbalance weak job creation performance leaving, thus leaving few foreseeable openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (29%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Customer service

2. Working to schedule

3. Physical work

Part Time Workers

Roofers and Shinglers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

9% of Roofers and Shinglers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 17,500 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 48% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Roofers and Shinglers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Roofers and Shinglers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 25% of Roofers and Shinglers are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Roofers and Shinglers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

1% of the individuals employed as Roofers and Shinglers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.