About the Job

A glazier installs glass in windows, skylights, and other fixtures in storefronts and buildings.

What You’ll Do

Glaziers specialize in installing tempered and laminated glass, windows of all sizes, and doors to make a building seem open, airy, and inviting.

Glaziers work on residential and commercial properties installing glass used for showers, tabletops, room dividers, and anything else that involves the use of glass. They can also work on replacing older windows on existing buildings.

For construction projects, most of the glass is pre-cut, mounted, and delivered to the site. The finished glass is then lifted into place by cranes or other equipment with suction cups, and then the glaziers will place and secure it. They will then place laminate film or tints over the glass to help it become less prone to shattering and to provide UV protection. Some glaziers may also work with plastic, marble, granite, or other glass substitutes.

Glaziers work full time, usually outside. Working at great heights may be required depending on the building. The ability to lift and move heavy panes of glass is required for this job. Glaziers may also need to manage a team of people when working with large pieces of glass.

Qualities and Skills Needed

Hand–eye coordination
Physical stamina
Physical strength

Education Required

Glaziers usually have a high school diploma and receive training through an apprenticeship. Courses in math are considered useful.

An apprenticeship usually lasts three to four years before a glazier takes a test for a journeyman’s license. Advanced licensure allows a glazier to work without supervision.

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The average salary is $54,080 but will vary depending on experience and training.