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 0 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 4040 employment change, 2021-2023
  • Estimate 8425 openings due to growth and retirements, 2021-2023
  • 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. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. 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.

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

$15.00

Minimum

$22.25

Median

$32.46

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

$33,434 median annual income
25.0%

Cape Breton

$41,004 median annual income
11.1%

Southern

N/A
11.1%

North Shore

N/A
11.1%

Annapolis Valley

N/A

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%

Trade Certification

$31,029 median annual income
11.8%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Trade Certification

$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

Glazier

College or Trades Program

These programs prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skills to install and repair fixtures, sheets, windows, and skylights made of glass, plexiglass, and other transparent materials. They 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

Halifax, NS

High School Diploma or Equivalent

High School Program

Adults without a high school diploma can contact the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) for tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL oversees adult education programs in Nova Scotia. NSSAL partners with the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to deliver programs. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Nova Scotia Community College

Various, NS

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Glazier

Certificate of Qualification (Voluntary): This 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
Halifax, NS

Contacts

Construction Association of Nova Scotia
Dartmouth, NS
BuildForce Canada
Ottawa, ON
Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council
Halifax, NS

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.