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Industry spotlight: glaziers in high demand for 2023

Glass is one of the most exciting and in-demand materials in modern construction but qualified glaziers have been in short supply in recent years. So what could you expect if you decided to pick up the glazing tools and join our thriving industry in 2023?

A job that takes you anywhere

Australia’s skills shortage is showing no signs of relief and glaziers remain in both short supply and high demand in residential and commercial building sites. Why? Because glass is used everywhere! Glaziers measure, cut, shape, fit and install glass for windows, doors, mirrors, skylights, balustrades, fencing, shower screens, splashbacks and more. They also order everything needed for glass applications from glazing suppliers like NFK Glazing & Industrial Suppliers. We at NFK work closely with many businesses to supply architectural hardware for glaziers and know for sure that without Glaziers, residential and commercial developments can’t keep moving forward. So it’s no surprise that glaziers are among the skilled workers most in demand in 2023.

Higher-than-expected earnings

If you’re wondering how much a glazier earns, a quick search of the job websites will tell you that the average annual salary for glazier jobs in Australia ranges from $65,000 to $80,000. In our experience, most self-employed glaziers are earning double that, between $120,000 and $200,000 per year, or around $45-50/hour as contractors or employees. Many glaziers fall into’ the job from other trades because they seek a new direction to earn more in better conditions. More people choosing glazing as their first option would boost the industry all around.

Interesting work (with less paperwork)

Modern homes and commercial developments are using more glass than ever before, which means the glass industry offers amazing opportunities to get involved in interesting projects. There is less paperwork too. While glaziers are responsible for choosing the correct type of glass and the safety of the application once installed, they are less heavily regulated than plumbers and electricians. For example in Queensland, after the work is done, all a glazier needs to do is complete a written Form 15 to comply with Queensland regulations.

A good mix of technical and design tasks

Glaziers tend to enjoy practical tasks and have an eye for detail. Being able to use drawings, follow plans and understand safety applications is very important. Meanwhile measuring, cutting and drilling glass using glazing tools will test your technical skills. Helping clients to select architectural hardware– and achieve the right look – is also an important part of the work process for the glazier.

Opportunities for career progression

Professional glazing companies are constantly looking for qualified staff. Many people come to the glazing from other industries and can apply their skills to the new role. Completing a Certificate III in Glass and Glazing (MSF30418) will give you a solid foundation and can be completed as part of an apprenticeship. Afterwards, you can apply to become a certified and/or Master Glazier with the Australian Glass Glazing Association. Add a Construction Induction Card (White Card) and you can find work as a glazier anywhere in the Australian construction industry.


From quoting jobs and ordering materials to getting everything ready to be installed on-site, working as a glazier can deliver a stable high income and excellent working conditions. So if you’re thinking of swapping your current job for an interesting, in-demand career, 2023 might be just the year to pick up the glazing tools and join our growing industry.