Roof Tilers cover roofs with tiles, sheets and shingles to form a waterproof surface.

Specialisations: Roof Fixer, Roof Shingler, Roof Slater.

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in roof tiling is needed to work as a Roof Tiler.

Tasks

  • studying drawings, specifications and work sites to determine materials required
  • erecting ladders and scaffolds
  • placing and securing waterproof sheets over eaves
  • nailing and stapling roofing underlay to roofs
  • aligning starter rows of roofing material with edges of roofs, securing with wire, staples and nails, and overlapping successive layers of tiles
  • sizing and cutting roofing material to fit around vents, chimney edges, corners and ridges
  • fixing edge and ridge tiles in cement mortar
  • slipping roofing material under pre-fabricated flashing and nailing it down
  • caulking and flashing exposed nail heads to prevent leaks

All Roof Tilers

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 9,400 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 32 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Roof Tilers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 9,400 in 2018 to 9,400 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 4,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 800 a year).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Roof Tilers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Construction industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 32 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (27%).
  • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200810900
20096900
20108300
201110100
20129600
20136800
20147400
20156000
20168600
201710400
20189400
20239400

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction97.4
Manufacturing0.7
Administrative and Support Services0.4
Wholesale Trade0.2
Other Industries1.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateRoof TilersAll Jobs Average
NSW36.231.6
VIC23.425.6
QLD22.720.0
SA5.67.0
WA8.010.8
TAS1.32.0
NT1.31.0
ACT1.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketRoof TilersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-198.5-5.05.0
20-2418.3-9.39.3
25-3429.8-22.922.9
35-4418.9-22.022.0
45-5413.8-21.621.6
55-595.3-9.09.0
60-643.7-6.06.0
65 and Over1.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationRoof TilersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree0.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV57.9-21.121.1
Year 1212.7-18.118.1
Year 115.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below21.0-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in roof tiling is needed to work as a Roof Tiler.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • construction induction card (white card)
  • working at heights ticket
  • driver's licence
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Useful links and resources


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Employers look for Roof Tilers who are reliable, work well in a team and are hardworking.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and Construction

    76% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    55% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Mechanical

    54% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  4. Education and Training

    52% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Design

    48% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2181.00 - Roofers.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    100% Important

    How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

  2. Exposed to High Places

    98% Important

    How often do you work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders)?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Telephone

    91% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  5. Contact With Others

    90% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2181.00 - Roofers.

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