There are currently an estimated 50,100 glaziers in the United States. The glazier job market is expected to grow by 10.4% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are glaziers?

CareerExplorer 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.

Are glaziers in demand?

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.

What’s the supply of glaziers?

The glazier industry is concentrated in California, Texas, Florida

Glazier job market by state

State Name Employed Glaziers
California 6,600
Texas 4,530
Florida 3,770
New York 2,480
Washington 2,110
Maryland 1,410
Pennsylvania 1,390
Illinois 1,330
Ohio 1,290
Missouri 1,260
Georgia 1,220
North Carolina 1,210
Massachusetts 1,160
Michigan 1,140
Arizona 1,030
Colorado 1,000
New Jersey 950
Tennessee 900
Virginia 870
Nevada 870
Idaho 810
Indiana 750
Minnesota 730
Connecticut 590
Oregon 570
Wisconsin 570
Kansas 520
Alabama 460
Oklahoma 450
Kentucky 430
Arkansas 420
Louisiana 390
Iowa 390
Hawaii 380
South Carolina 380
District of Columbia 350
Utah 340
Mississippi 340
Nebraska 320
New Hampshire 250
Wyoming 250
South Dakota 230
New Mexico 230
West Virginia 170
North Dakota 120
Rhode Island 80
Alaska 70