Glass Manufacturing Workers

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 80,850 glass manufacturing workers in the United States. 

Quick Facts
Duties Manufacture glass and glass products from raw materials
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
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor
  • Glass Manufacturing Worker
  • Apprentice or Helper

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