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Quick Facts : Glaziers*
2010 Median Pay$36,640
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201241,900
Job Outlook42% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change17,700

Glaziers install glass in windows, skylights, storefronts, and display cases to create distinctive designs or reduce the need for artificial lighting. Glass has many uses in modern life. Tempered and laminated glass makes doors and windows more secure. The creative use of large windows, glass doors, skylights, and sunroom additions makes buildings bright, airy, and inviting. Glaziers specialize in installing these different glass products.

What Glaziers Do

  • Remove any old or broken glass before installing replacement glass
  • Cut glass to the specified size and shape
  • Make or install sashes or moldings for glass installation
  • Fasten glass into sashes or frames with clips, moldings, or other types of fasteners
  • Add weather seal or putty around pane edges to seal joints

Work Environment

As in many other construction trades, the work is physically demanding. Glaziers risk cuts from tools and glass, and falls from ladders and scaffolding. Most work full time. About 5 percent are self-employed.
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Job Outlook

Employment of glaziers is projected to grow 42 percent from 2010 to 2020 as glass manufacturers continue to improve the energy efficiency of glass windows, architects are designing more buildings with glass exteriors.
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The average salary of glaziers was $36,640 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Glaziers

Some glaziers learn their trade through a formal apprenticeship, but most usually learn on the job. On the job, trainees often start with basic tasks such as carrying glass and cleaning up debris in glass shops. By working with experienced glaziers, trainees eventually acquire the skills of a fully qualified glazier. After several months, trainees start making their first cuts on discarded glass. Later, they may begin cutting glass and helping experienced workers on simple installation jobs.
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