Glaziers measure, cut, finish, fit and install flat glass and mirrors.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Around half of workers have a Certificate III/IV. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Some additional tickets may also be required.

Tasks

  • determining type and dimensions of glass required
  • laying glass over patterns on padded tables and in jigs
  • measuring and marking glass for cutting
  • examining glass and marking defective areas
  • cutting along patterns and templates
  • breaking off sheets and excess glass with notched tools and glass pliers
  • installing glass and mirrors in windows, skylights, display cases, interior walls and ceilings
  • smoothing rough edges using belt sanders and smoothing wheels
  • may coat, cut, etch, trim and treat glass to achieve special effects

Job Titles

  • Glazier
  • Glazier

    Specialisations: Glass Beveller, Glass Embosser, Glass Etcher, Glass Silverer

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,136 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    moderate
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    8300
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    98.9%
  • Female Share

    1.1%
  • Full-Time Share

    100.0%

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This is a small occupation employing 8300 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Glaziers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They work in many industries. Some of the main industries are: Construction; Manufacturing; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Almost all Glaziers work full-time
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,136 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 42 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

In 2016, employers along the eastern seaboard found it hard to fill vacancies for Glaziers. Some employers wanted special skills and experience in double glazing, curtain walls, blast windows and custom made windows. To find out more, view the Department of Employment's latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20057200
20068500
200710400
200810500
200911800
201010100
201110400
20128300
20139600
20148500
20158300
20208700

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsGlaziersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11361230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryGlaziersAll Jobs Average
Full-time10068.4
Part-time031.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)40.140

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction69.8
Manufacturing25.5
Wholesale Trade4.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateGlaziersAll Jobs Average
NSW26.331.8
VIC23.725.5
QLD29.219.8
SA5.16.8
WA811.2
TAS4.92
NT2.51.1
ACT0.41.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketGlaziersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.2-5.45.4
20-246.3-9.99.9
25-3422.6-23.423.4
35-4430.5-21.721.7
45-5420.9-21.121.1
55-5911.9-8.78.7
60-642.9-5.95.9
65 and Over0.7-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryGlaziersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males98.9Males53.6
Females1.1Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed.
Around half of workers have a Certificate III/IV. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Some additional tickets may also be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Glaziers who have a good work ethic, are hardworking, courteous and polite.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Building and Construction

    88% Important

    Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

  2. Mathematics

    69% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    60% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Mechanical

    56% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  5. Production and Processing

    54% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Handling and Moving Objects

    91% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  2. Getting Information

    84% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Performing General Physical Activities

    80% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    77% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  5. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    76% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

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