Glaziers

(NOC 7292)

in All Trades and Transportation

Glaziers cut, fit, install, and replace glass in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, on exterior walls of buildings and other structures and in furniture and other products. They work for construction glass installation contractors, retail service and repair shops and glass fabrication shops, or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Glaziers most commonly work full-time hours. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 70% of Glaziers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $37,235. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$14.42

Minimum

$21.00

Median

$30.13

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$37,179

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Glaziers cut, fit, install, and replace glass in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings, on exterior walls of buildings and other structures and in furniture and other products. They work for construction glass installation contractors, retail service and repair shops and glass fabrication shops, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Glaziers:

  • Read and interpret blueprints and specifications to determine type and thickness of glass, frame, installation procedure and materials required.
  • Measure and mark glass and cut-glass using glass cutters or computerized cutter.
  • Tint glass and create patterns on glass by etching, sandblasting, or painting designs.
  • Assemble, build, and dismantle scaffolds, rigging and hoisting equipment.
  • Position glass panes into frames and secure glass using clips, points, or mouldings.
  • Assemble and install prefabricated glass, mirrors or glass products on walls, ceilings, or exteriors of building.
  • Build metal frames for glass installation.
  • Install, fit, build, and attach architectural metals or related substitute products in commercial and residential buildings.
  • Install pre-cut mirrors and opaque and transparent glass panels in frames to form exterior walls of buildings.
  • Replace glass in furniture and other products.
  • Prepare and install skylights, showcases and aquariums and stained or other special glass in churches, museums, sports, and other organizations.
  • Repair and service residential windows, commercial aluminum doors and other glass supporting structures, and replace damaged glass or faulty sealant.
  • May prepare cost estimates for customers or clients.

Sample job titles

  • apprentice glazier
  • glass and metal mechanic
  • glass installer-glazier
  • glass worker
  • glazier
  • glazier and metal mechanic
  • structural glass installer

Skills

You should have physical stamina, agility, and coordination, and be capable of climbing, reaching, crouching, and handling heavy materials. While most of the work is done indoors, you must be willing to work outdoors and at heights. You must be able to perform basic mathematical calculations and read blueprints and drafting specifications.

Job requirements

  • High school is usually required.
  • A three- or four-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in glazing is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for glaziers is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) is also available to qualified glaziers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Other considerations

Jobs in the construction industry are strongly affected by seasonal changes and general economic conditions, and many are on a project basis. As a result, workers in these jobs should be prepared for periods of unemployment. The physical demands of this work may make it difficult for people to stay in these jobs for a long time. Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

170

employed in 2016

90.9%

employed full-time

18.2%

self employed

6.1%
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93.9%
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39.6

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

41.7%

Halifax

25.0%

Cape Breton

11.1%

Annapolis Valley

11.1%

Southern

11.1%

North Shore

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

51.9%

Construction

14.8%

Other services (except public administration)

14.8%

Manufacturing

11.1%

Retail trade

7.4%

Real estate and rental and leasing

What is the age of Employment?

32.0%

45-54

24.0%

25-34

15.0%

55-64

15.0%

35-44

15.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

32.4%

Less than high school

$38,279 median annual income
29.4%

High school

$38,918 median annual income
20.6%

Apprenticeship

$31,029 median annual income
11.8%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Apprenticeship

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College Diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Glazier

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install and repair fixtures, sheets, windows, and skylights made of glass, plexiglass, and other transparent materials. These programs include courses in site measurement, job analysis and estimation, material cutting and trimming, window and door installation, site safety, equipment operation and maintenance, specification interpretation, and applicable codes and standards.

Institutions providing this program

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Glazier

Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary): This job is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Employers may require certification, but a certificate is not needed to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
1256 Barrington Street, 3rd Fl, Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651

Contacts

Construction Association of Nova Scotia
260 Brownlow Avenue, Unit 3
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1V9
Tel: (902) 468-2267
Fax: (902) 468-2470
BuildForce Canada
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1150
Ottawa, ON K1P 5Z9
Tel: (613) 569-5552
Fax: (613) 569-1220
Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council
10 Ragged Lake Blvd. Unit 1
Halifax, NS B3S 1C2
Tel: (902) 832-4761
Fax: (902) 832-4763
Red Seal
c/o Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency PO Box 578
Halifax, B3J 2S9
Tel: (902) 424-5651
Fax: (902) 424-0717

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.