Glass Manufacturing Workers

Worker Shapes Glass

Glass manufacturing workers are employed in factories and plants that make glass and glass products from raw materials. These products include flat glass, such as window and plate glass; pressed glass items, such as glass dishes; blown glass items, such as light bulbs and many kinds of bottles; and various special products, such as glass blocks used in building construction, safety glass windshields, and glass for optical instruments. There are approximately 82,720 glass manufacturing workers in the United States. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Batch-and-Furnace Operators, Combustion Analysts, Cullet Crushers, Drawing-Kiln Operators, Forming Machine Operators, Glassblowers, Glass Decorators, Glass Grinders, Polishers, Pressers, Rolling-Machine Operators
Duties Manufacture glass and glass products from raw materials
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor
  • Glass Manufacturing Worker
  • Apprentice or Helper