Sokanu rates Glaziers with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 12,800 Glaziers. That number is based on 5,200 additional Glaziers, and the retirement of 7,600 existing Glaziers.
Demand for Glaziers
Demand for glaziers will be sustained, as glass manufacturers continue to improve the energy efficiency of glass windows and architects and commercial builders design and construct more buildings with glass exteriors. The ongoing need to repair and modernize existing structures, including many homes, will often involve installing new windows and will therefore generate work for glaziers.
Security needs and the need to mitigate potential damage caused by severe weather are increasing the demand for specialized safety glass and glass with protective laminates. This may create additional openings. However, the availability of prefabricated windows that can be installed by carpenters and general contractors may considerably moderate employment opportunities in the field. Similar to other occupations in the construction industry, employment of glaziers is sensitive to economic conditions. Openings are typically concentrated in metropolitan areas where most glazing contractors and glass shops are located.
Glaziers who possess other construction-related skills will enjoy the best job prospects; this will be especially true during industry downturns and in sluggish economies when hiring is scaled back. In the United States, only Connecticut and Florida require glaziers to have a license. Glaziers who obtain the voluntary Certified Glass Installer Technician certification from the National Glass Association should enhance their employability. Those who advance in the field tend to become supervisors or estimators; or they start their own businesses.
Supply of Glaziers
The Glazier industry is not particularly concentrated in any state.
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