Employment of glaziers is projected to grow 42 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected as commercial construction increasingly uses glass exteriors. As glass manufacturers continue to improve the energy efficiency of glass windows, architects are designing more buildings with glass exteriors, especially in the South.
In addition, the continuing need to modernize and repair existing structures, including many homes, often involves installing new windows. Demand for specialized safety glass and coated glass with protective laminates is also growing due to a greater need for security and the need for structures, particularly many commercial and government buildings, to withstand high winds associated with storms.
Nonetheless, the availability of prefabricated windows that carpenters and general contractors can install is expected to limit overall employment growth of glaziers.
Good job opportunities are expected as many openings should arise from the need to replace glaziers who leave the occupation. Because employers prefer workers who do many different tasks, glaziers with a wide range of skills will have the best job opportunities. In addition, workers with military service are viewed favorably during initial hiring.
Like many other construction workers, employment of glaziers is sensitive to the fluctuations of the economy. On the one hand, glaziers may experience periods of unemployment when the overall level of construction falls. On the other hand, shortages of workers may occur in some areas during peak periods of building activity. Employment opportunities should be best in the South and in metropolitan areas, where most glazing contractors and glass shops are located.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition