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

  • $1,136 Weekly Pay
  • 9,800 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 94.6% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42.5 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 2.3% female Gender Share

The number of Glaziers grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 9,800 in 2017 to 10,800 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 5,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Glaziers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Queensland.
  • Industries: They work in many industries such as Construction; Manufacturing; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (94.6%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42.5 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 2.3% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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 Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20079100
20088800
200911000
201012000
20119200
20128900
20138400
20148800
20158300
201612200
20179800
202210800

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
Construction75.1
Manufacturing20.7
Wholesale Trade3.2
Retail Trade1.0

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 2017, 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
NSW29.631.6
VIC13.326.2
QLD41.119.7
SA4.66.7
WA5.510.8
TAS2.92.0
NT2.11.1
ACT0.81.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-196.5-5.25.2
20-249.5-9.99.9
25-3433.1-23.623.6
35-4420.4-21.721.7
45-5420.0-20.820.8
55-596.5-8.88.8
60-641.7-6.06.0
65 and Over2.3-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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