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.
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
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
The NSC 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: National Skills Commission 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.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
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.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Glaziers||All Jobs Average|
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.
Age and gender
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)
|Age Bracket||Glaziers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.9||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
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.
- 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)
|Type of Qualification||Glaziers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.3||10.1|
|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 can be improved through training or experience.
43%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
41%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
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.
Using maths to solve problems.
34%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Teaching people how to do something.
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.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.
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.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
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.
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.
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.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
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.
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.
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.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
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).
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
See details that are far away.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Communicate by speaking.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.
Lift, push, pull, or carry things.
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.
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 are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
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.
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.
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.
Talk with people face-to-face.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
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