There are currently an estimated 43,000 glass blowers in the United States. The glass blower job market is expected to shrink by -2.6% between 2016 and 2026.
How employable are glass blowers?
CareerExplorer rates glass blowers with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 5,100 glass blowers. That number is based on the retirement of 6,200 existing glass blowers.
Are glass blowers in demand?
The job outlook and demand for glass blowers is tied closely to the state of the manufacturing industry that employs many of these artisans. In a strong economy, factories increase production and hire more workers to create glassware, decorative items, or glass for science and industry. In turn, consumers have higher disposable incomes, causing them to spend more on non-essential items. In the arts and crafts industry, glass blowers face stiff competition because the number of qualified and aspiring workers far exceeds the number of available jobs. In this sector, most opportunities are likely to be with studios or art galleries; or as freelancers through independent buyers. Some experienced glass blowers become teachers of this difficult, extremely creative, and highly specialized craft.
What’s the supply of glass blowers?
The glass blower industry is concentrated in California, Texas, Pennsylvania
Glass Blower job market by state
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