How Construction Management Degrees Launch Careers in the Roofing Industry Part 1

As the roofing and construction industries continue to experience an alarming shortage of workers, wages for skilled trades positions continue to increase. Meanwhile, as the financial return and immediate value of a traditional four-year undergraduate degree decreases, many college students graduate with significant student loan debt and without a clear career path. Unfortunately, these young, talented individuals weren’t aware that by earning a construction management degree they could enjoy immediate job placement and long-term success in the roofing industry.

In this two-part article, the members of the Roofing Alliance, the Foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), will discuss the incredible value of obtaining a construction management degree at an accredited university. Whether it’s financing research projects at universities, providing mentorship opportunities, or providing roofing industry scholarships to outstanding students and faculty, the Roofing Alliance is committed to advancing the roofing industry through a variety of education and training initiatives.   

Understanding the Challenges

As roofing companies and construction firms continue to develop new and innovative ways to take on projects, the recruitment efforts and technical education training initiatives will need to be enhanced along with these objectives. One topic of critical importance is raising awareness of prospective roofing professionals regarding the excellent education and training opportunities in the industry that can help them establish a successful career in roofing.

Here are three topics that deter many potential roofing professionals during their college studies:

  • The majority of college students prefer to obtain a degree in a more generalized area of education because they either view construction management degrees as too specialized, they are not interested in working in the industry, or they are not aware of the lucrative opportunities within the industry.
  • Many students are steered away from a career in roofing or construction because their high school curriculum doesn’t feature technical and career training courses. For example, industrial arts are no longer an option at the majority of high schools.   
  • Many parents encourage students to pursue a general four-year degree. Moreover, they don’t view a career in roofing or construction as a viable option and they would prefer their children to work in a “white-collar industry.”

The Roofing Alliance Supports Construction Management Programs

Unfortunately, thousands of students every year are not aware of the great opportunities that earning a construction management degree can provide them. Many recent graduates of construction management programs are enjoying immediate job placement and a lucrative career in the roofing industry. Accredited programs, like the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida, are showcasing that graduates are achieving success as project engineers, project managers, and general contractors of roofing companies.

In the second part of this article, we will discuss some of the impressive data that has been revealed through the Rinker School’s one-year and five-year alumni assessment survey results. Remember, if you are interested in joining a membership-based organization and endowment fund, the Roofing Alliance is committed to partnering with construction management schools at accredited universities to provide scholarship funds and mentorship opportunities to advance the future of the roofing industry.


Membership opportunities with the Roofing Alliance are available to all roofing professionals. For more information on our organization’s objectives or how you can make a commitment to the Roofing Alliance, please contact us today.