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What sort of work is most physically grueling and what’s hardest to learn and master? In order to find out, CraftJack, a company that provides job leads for contractors, surveyed 1,609 contractors and 652 consumers, asking them to rank 32 types of contractor work.

“With DIY home renovations on the rise and heavily edited home improvement shows blurring the line between reality and entertainment, it’s easy for everyday Americans to misunderstand how much physical labor and hard-earned skill is required for most contractor jobs,” wrote Jaclyn Crawford in a blog post on the company’s website.

Roofing and demolition were ranked the most physically demanding trades by both contractors and consumers. Contractors voted carpentry as the third-most physically demanding trade, but for consumers, it barely cracked the top 10.

“Of course, muscle isn’t all you need on a job site'” Crawford added. “It takes many years of training, patience, and humility to fully command some trades and consistently produce masterful work.”