Gutter installers/repairers typically have a background in construction and/or metals and work on the exteriors of homes, businesses, and other buildings. Shifts can be long and overtime is often necessary, as they are usually assigned specific roofing jobs to complete. In order to access roofing, they must also be comfortable using ladders and should not be afraid of heights or tight spaces. The work is also quite physical, as it usually takes place outside and involves a variety of tools.
Most jobs in this field require a high school diploma and some prior experience with gutters and exterior construction, but many companies provide on-the-job training and education, and gutter installers/repairers must also have a good attitude and be willing to take instruction from superiors and supervisors. Because the work can be dangerous, they rarely work alone and usually complete jobs with small to medium-sized crews of co-workers and a foreman. In addition to good teamwork and communication skills, the job may also require cutting gutters to specific lengths, which involves calculations and basic mathematical skills.
Gutter installers/repairers should also be able to transport themselves and their crew from location to location, so a valid driver's license is generally required for this position, and a background check and drug test may be required by some employers.