Roof Tilers cover roofs with tiles, sheets and shingles to form a waterproof surface.
Specialisations: Roof Fixer, Roof Shingler, Roof Slater.
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Roof Tiler. Although some workers have a certificate III in roof tiling.
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
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers in this occupation is likely to remain stable.
Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 76% of people employed as Roof Tilers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 10 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Roof Tilers work in the Construction industry.
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Roof Tilers||All Jobs Average|
Around 46% of Roof Tilers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
New South Wales has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Melbourne - Outer East
- Gold Coast
- Melbourne - South East
- Central Coast (NSW)
- Sydney - Outer West and Blue Mountains.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Roof Tilers is 32 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 1% of the workforce. This is 47 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Roof Tilers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.7||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as a Roof Tiler. Although some workers have a certificate III in roof tiling.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Roof Tilers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.1||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||21.0||12.5|
Source: 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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Roof Tilers who are reliable, work well in a team and are hardworking.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
55%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
41%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
39%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Reading work related information.
36%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Talking to others.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Looking for ways to help people.
Teaching people how to do something.
Using maths to solve problems.
30%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
29%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
76%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
55%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
52%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
41%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
41%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
40%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
25%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
24%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
22%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
20%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
19%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Keep your balance or stay upright.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Listen to and understand what people say.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
45%Whole body coordination
Move your arms, legs, and body together.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
See details that are far away.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Communicate by speaking.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
43%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
94%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
79%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
63%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
63%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
62%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
62%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
60%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
58%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
56%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
56%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
55%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
55%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
54%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
54%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
54%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
53%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
52%Negotiating and resolving conflicts
Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.
51%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
50%Guiding and directing staff
Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.
43%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
100%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
98%Work at heights
Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).
Talk with people face-to-face.
Talk on the telephone.
90%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
89%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
86%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
86%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
85%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
84%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
Work to strict deadlines.
Work with people in a group or team.
82%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
82%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
82%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
78%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
77%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
77%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
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