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

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

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in glass and glazing is needed to work as a Glazier.

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

All Glaziers

  • $1,050 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Unavailable Unemployment
  • 11,100 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Glaziers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 8,800 in 2014 to 11,100 in 2019.

Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Glaziers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Manufacturing; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,050 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Glaziers in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Glaziers.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
YearNumber of Workers
200911400
201012500
20119600
20129300
20138500
20148800
20158700
201612700
201711600
20189300
201911100
202412100

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings10501460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction73.1
Manufacturing20.7
Wholesale Trade2.7
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing0.7
Other Industries2.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateGlaziersAll Jobs Average
NSW27.931.6
VIC22.625.6
QLD24.020.0
SA4.97.0
WA14.210.8
TAS3.62.0
NT1.61.0
ACT1.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketGlaziersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.4-5.05.0
20-2411.8-9.39.3
25-3426.7-22.922.9
35-4422.5-22.022.0
45-5420.8-21.621.6
55-597.8-9.09.0
60-644.1-6.06.0
65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationGlaziersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV59.1-21.121.1
Year 1214.2-18.118.1
Year 115.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below17.0-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in glass and glazing is needed to work as a Glazier.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • construction induction card (white card)
  • driver's licence
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Useful links and resources


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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    71% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  2. Mathematics

    46% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Mechanical

    45% Skill level

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

  4. Customer and personal service

    42% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Production and processing

    38% Skill level

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

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Telephone

    97% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    96% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  4. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    96% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  5. Being exact or accurate

    89% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2121.00 - Glaziers.

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