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
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 10,100 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 the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 10,100 in 2018 to 11,400 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,200 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • 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

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20088900
200911100
201012100
20119300
20129000
20138300
20148800
20158400
201612300
201711300
201810100
202311400

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.
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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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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.

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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