Glaziers install glass in windows, skylights, and other fixtures in storefronts and buildings.
As in many other construction trades, the work is physically demanding. Glaziers may experience cuts from tools and glass, and falls from ladders and scaffolding. Most work full time.
How to Become a Glazier
Glaziers typically enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn their trade through an apprenticeship.
Employment of glaziers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, slower than the average for all occupations. Good job opportunities are expected from the need to replace glaziers who leave the occupation each year.
This occupation supported 46,700 jobs in 2012 and 45,300 jobs in 2014, reflecting a decline of 3.0%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 17.1% in 2022 to 54,700 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 48,300, compared with an observed value of 45,300, 6.2% lower than expected. This indicates current employment trends are much worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 4.1% in 2024 to 47,200 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 56,300 jobs for 2024, 19.3% higher than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are much worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation.