How Construction Management Degrees Launch Careers in the Roofing Industry Part 2

The United States is one of the largest construction markets worldwide. Roofing and construction projects have accelerated to the point that companies often find the greatest challenge is meeting the demand. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, approximately 70 percent of construction firms claim to have difficulty filling out their workforce. Naturally, this statistic also impacts many roofing companies.

In this two-part article, members of the Roofing Alliance, the Foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), are discussing ways that the roofing industry can meet the labor demand by strengthening roofing training and roofing education initiatives. In the last part, we discussed some of the challenges of recruiting the next generation of professionals in the roofing industry. In this section, we will discuss how programs like University of Florida’s M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management are providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to establish a successful career in roofing.

Whether you are a current roofing professional looking to advance your career or a college student that is interested in starting a career in an industry with a lot of potential growth, there are many benefits to obtaining a construction management degree to further your roofing career in a management-level position. We will use data from Glassdoor, a popular job search site, and the Rinker School to demonstrate the positive impact that construction management degrees are having on the careers of roofing professionals throughout the country.

The Rapid Growth of Construction Management Jobs

According to Glassdoor, a popular job search site, the average salary for a roofing project manager is $85,000 per year. This position requires that the professional understands the project management process, manages costs, hits deadlines, and communicates with every professional working on a project. Although, traditionally, many project managers in the roofing industry did not need to obtain a degree in construction management, today, it’s an extremely common stepping stone to earn a degree in this field to further your career in roofing.

Construction Management Success By the Numbers

Like every career field, success doesn’t always happen overnight and it will take time for most graduates to become roofing contractors and project managers. As an annual participant in the Roofing Alliance’s Construction Management Student Competition, the Rinker School is a prime example of an education program that puts its graduates in a position to enjoy immediate success in their respected industry, including in roofing.

Although the data compiled by the Rinker School’s alumni survey assessments includes all areas of construction, many of the Rinker School’s recent graduates have established themselves as contractors, project managers, and roofing business owners. More importantly, many of these success stories occurred within five years of graduating from the program.

Here are statistics on the high rate of success of Rinker School alumni:

  • Over 50 percent of the recent Rinker School graduates found a position at a general contractor firm within their first year of graduating.
  • Of first year-graduates, 100 percent who were surveyed earned a salary between $50,000 and $80,000 in their first year of employment.
  • In the five-year alumni survey, 56 percent of the graduates had worked their way up to the position of project manager.
  • Over 70 percent of alumni have a current salary of over $70,000 within five years of graduation including 29 percent who earn over $100,000.

Education Initiatives of the Roofing Alliance

As a membership-based organization and endowment fund, the Roofing Alliance is committed to partnering with construction management schools at accredited universities in several ways. Our members are proud to fund scholarship programs designed to provide exceptional individuals with the opportunity to further their career in roofing or construction. Our organization also hosts a national construction management competition committed to educating, mentoring, and recruiting the next generation of outstanding roofing professionals. The Roofing Alliance funds research programs at prestigious universities and provides mentoring opportunities. All of this is part of the Roofing Alliance’s objective to advance the roofing industry through several training, education, and technology-driven initiatives.


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.