Hot Tar Roofers

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Hot Tar Roofers

Hot Tar Roofers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, roofers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Are substantially responsible for the health and safety of other workers and clients.
  • Have a medium level of job-required social interaction. They usually talk to others over the phone or face-to-face.
  • Are greatly responsible for the work done by other roofers.
  • Usually work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work outdoors.
  • Are often exposed to high places. There is some possibility of moderate injury.
  • Are often exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures, either from weather or equipment.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants.
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  • Are often exposed to hazardous equipment, conditions, and situations that may produce cuts or minor burns.
  • Often wear knee pads or safety gear.
  • Are occasionally exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
  • Are sometimes exposed to extremely bright or dim lighting.
  • Sometimes have to work in cramped places or in awkward positions.
  • Travel to and from work sites in a truck or van.
  • May work physically close to others during installations.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could result in roof leaks or injuries to roofers.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Must sometimes match the pace of work to the speed of equipment.
  • Sometimes make decisions that greatly impact coworkers and the result of their work. They sometimes must make decisions on the spot, but often seek input first.
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  • Set some of their daily tasks and goals without talking to another first.
  • Must meet strict daily and weekly deadlines.


  • Usually work all year, except in northern states.
  • May work irregular hours because of the weather. Roofers may work more hours one week to make up for lack of hours the previous week.
  • Most work 33 hours per week on the average.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.