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Glaziers install and repair glass in houses, hotels, offices and shops.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £12,000 to £27,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 38 to 42 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements, but employers usually want you to have the practical skills that show you can work with glass. You could start as a glazier's assistant and train on the job.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • measuring and calculating skills
  • to be able to follow technical drawings and plans

3. What you'll do

You'll accurately and safely measure, cut and install glass products for customers. You could also work for a glazing company specialising in conservatories, glass roofing, flooring or emergency repairs.

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • choosing glass for the job
  • removing broken panes, beading and putty
  • working out how much glass is needed for each job
  • fitting new glass and making sure the sealing is watertight
  • shaping glass using diamond or wheel-cutting tools
  • making decorative glass panels or double glazing units

4. Salary

Starter: £12,000 to £17,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £23,000

Highly Experienced: up to £27,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. You might work outside of these hours if you're on a call-out rota for emergency repairs. You'll travel from job to job.

The job is physically demanding. On some jobs you'll work at height from ladders, scaffolding or suspended safety cradles.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could work on specialist projects, like restoration work on churches or listed buildings.

Other options include moving into site management, estimating or glass product design.

You could also work in the automotive industry, repairing and replacing windscreens on vehicles.

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Last updated: 11 September 2018