Glaziers

ANZSCO ID 3331

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
9,300
Future Growth
1%
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
89%
Female Share
1%
Average age
37

Summary

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

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

A certificate III in glass and glazing is usually needed to work as a Glazier. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

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

Characteristics

Job Type
Technicians And Trades Workers
Skill Level
Medium skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
Above average
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
Physical Demand
  • Light
  • Medium

Outlook

Employment Outlook

JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers in this occupation is likely to remain stable.

Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.

Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.

Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.

Projected Change
1%
(or 100 jobs)
From
8,800
in 2021
To
8,900
in 2026

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Year Employment
2011 11,000
2012 6,600
2013 9,600
2014 7,900
2015 8,200
2016 10,900
2017 13,500
2018 9,700
2019 11,300
2020 9,000
2021 8,800
2026 8,900

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 89% of people employed as Glaziers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 23 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    More than a third of workers regularly work overtime or extra hours (either paid or unpaid).

    Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Overtime hours: ABS, Characteristics of Employment, 2021.


Industries

Main industries

1
Construction
81.7%
2
Manufacturing
15.9%
3
Wholesale Trade
1.2%
4
Other Services
1.2%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

27.9% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

22.6% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

24.0% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

4.9% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

14.2% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

3.6% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

1.6% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.3% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Glaziers All Jobs Average
NSW 27.9 31.6
VIC 22.6 25.6
QLD 24.0 20.0
SA 4.9 7.0
WA 14.2 10.8
TAS 3.6 2.0
NT 1.6 1.0
ACT 1.3 1.9


  • Around 46% of Glaziers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.

    Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of employment relative to their population size.

    The regions with the largest share of workers are:

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
37
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
1%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Glaziers is 37 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.

    Females make up 1% of the workforce. This is 47 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

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 Bracket Glaziers All Jobs Average
15-19 4.4 5.0
20-24 11.8 9.3
25-34 26.7 22.9
35-44 22.5 22.0
45-54 20.8 21.6
55-59 7.8 9.0
60-64 4.1 6.0
65 and Over 1.9 4.2
Median Age 37 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

A certificate III in glass and glazing is usually needed to work as a Glazier. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

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  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.

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 Qualification Glaziers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 0.3 10.1
Bachelor degree 1.8 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 2.3 11.6
Certificate III/IV 59.1 21.1
Year 12 14.2 18.1
Year 11 5.3 4.8
Year 10 and below 17.0 12.5

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.


Skills and Knowledge

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 43%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 43%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 41%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 41%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 41%

    Operation and control

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  • 41%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 39%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 37%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 37%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 36%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 34%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 34%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 34%

    Mathematics

    Using maths to solve problems.

  • 34%

    Quality control analysis

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  • 30%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 30%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 29%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 29%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  • 27%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 20%

    Installation

    Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 71%

    Building and construction

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

  • 46%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 45%

    Mechanical

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

  • 42%

    Customer and personal service

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

  • 38%

    Production and processing

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

  • 37%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 32%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 28%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 28%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 26%

    Sales and marketing

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  • 24%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 23%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 23%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  • 18%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 17%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 16%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 15%

    Physics

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  • 12%

    Economics and accounting

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  • 12%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  • 11%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 52%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 46%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 45%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 45%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 45%

    Trunk strength

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  • 45%

    Extent flexibility

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  • 43%

    Manual dexterity

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • 43%

    Multilimb coordination

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  • 43%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 43%

    Control precision

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  • 43%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 41%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 41%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 41%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 41%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 41%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 41%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 39%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 39%

    Stamina

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.

  • 39%

    Static strength

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.


Activities

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

  • 88%

    Handling and moving objects

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

  • 75%

    Doing physically active work

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  • 63%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 60%

    Controlling equipment or machines

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  • 56%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 54%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 52%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 50%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 50%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 48%

    Checking for errors or defects

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

  • 46%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 46%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 45%

    Driving vehicles or equipment

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  • 44%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 44%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 43%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 42%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 41%

    Scheduling work and activities

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  • 39%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 36%

    Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.


Interests and demands

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.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 38%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 29%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 19%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 14%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 14%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 57%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 52%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 48%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 48%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  • 43%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 33%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 97%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 97%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 96%

    Outdoors, exposed to weather

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  • 96%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

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

  • 89%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 88%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 88%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 87%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 86%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 86%

    Indoors, not heat controlled

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  • 85%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 85%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 83%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 83%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  • 82%

    Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  • 81%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 80%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 79%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 78%

    Very hot or cold temperatures

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  • 78%

    Dangerous equipment

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

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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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