Have You Got A Head For Heights?

Do you have a head for heights?  Is your sense of balance cat-like?  Do you long for a job that will get you out of the office, and free you from your cubicle?  If so, why not take advantage of your talents, and consider a career in construction?  Skilled tradespeople with a strong stomach and nerves of steel will always be in demand.  Here’s a look at a few jobs that would be perfect for those of us convinced that we were acrobats or tree-dwellers in a second life.


Steeplejacks are experts at working in high places.  Traditionally, steeplejacks would repair chimneys, monuments, and church spires, but today they are often called upon to do other work in high-up places, for example replacing roof glass or restoring roof slates, or even putting aircraft warning lights on tall structures.

Steeplejacks don’t need any specific academic qualifications, but training is a part of most vocational focused construction courses.  A good grounding in maths is important for the calculations and measurements you’ll need to do, but the most important thing is a calm mind and a head for heights.

Window Cleaners

Window cleaning isn’t the most glamorous of jobs, but it’s a job that will always be in demand.  It’s fairly easy to get started running your own window cleaning business, and cleaning the windows of a standard two-storey house doesn’t require a lot of specialist equipment.

If you want to work on office buildings, residential tower blocks, or other tall structures, you will need training in how to use safety harnesses and other equipment.  


Laying roofing felt or roof slates is a highly skilled job.  Not only do you have to understand how to work safely at heights, you have to handle working high up in what is still essentially a construction site.  Your work must be completed to an incredibly high standard too, as a leaky roof could cause a lot of damage to the building, and loose roof slates could seriously injure someone if they came off in high winds.

Most people get their start as a roofer through an apprenticeship program. This teaches basic safety information as well as how to read plans and how to work with shingle, slate, and roofing felt.  In addition to working on buildings during the construction phase, more experienced roofers may inspect damaged buildings to assess them for repairs or for insurance claims.

Steel Erectors

Steel erectors work with a wide range of industrial equipment, tools, and machinery, and need a broad base of skills.  They usually work in the construction and engineering sectors, installing and fixing pre-fabricated steel girders and pipework.  Steel erectors have a lot of opportunities for travel, as many emerging countries are investing in a lot of infrastructure development at the moment.

Steel erectors work long hours, and their environments can be quiet hazardous, their jobs also involve a lot of work with heavy materials and machinery.  In spite of this, however, it is a popular career.  The pay for a qualified steel erector can be quite good, and the travel and career development opportunities are valuable.

This article was written by Crispin Jones on behalf of Ashbrook Roofing, suppliers of roofing felt and roof slates. Take a look at their site for more information on roofing felt and roof slates.

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