What Does A Glass Blower Do (including Their Typical Day at Work)

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Glass Blowers

Glass Blowers shape molten glass according to patterns.

Salary
$37370
Becoming One
Easy
Education
No degree required
Job Satisfaction
Low
Job Growth

Personality





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What they do

Glass Blowers shape molten glass according to patterns.

  • Place glass into dies or molds of presses and control presses to form products, such as glassware components or optical blanks.
  • Spray or swab molds with oil solutions to prevent adhesion of glass.
  • Heat glass to pliable stage, using gas flames or ovens and rotating glass to heat it uniformly.
  • Inspect, weigh, and measure products to verify conformance to specifications, using instruments such as micrometers, calipers, magnifiers, or rulers.

Typical day

On a daily basis, Glass Blowers blow tubing into specified shapes to prevent glass from collapsing, using compressed air or own breath, or blow and rotate gathers in molds or on boards to obtain final shapes. They spray or swab molds with oil solutions to prevent adhesion of glass.

A typical day for a Glass Blower will also include:

  • Place glass into dies or molds of presses and control presses to form products, such as glassware components or optical blanks.
  • Heat glass to pliable stage, using gas flames or ovens and rotating glass to heat it uniformly.
  • Design and create glass objects, using blowpipes and artisans’ hand tools and equipment.
  • Shape, bend, or join sections of glass, using paddles, pressing and flattening hand tools, or cork.
  • Inspect, weigh, and measure products to verify conformance to specifications, using instruments such as micrometers, calipers, magnifiers, or rulers.

Other responsibilities

Besides their typical day, Glass Blowers also repair broken scrolls by replacing them with new sections of tubing. They may also cut lengths of tubing to specified sizes, using files or cutting wheels.

On a weekly to monthly basis, Glass Blowers superimpose bent tubing on asbestos patterns to ensure accuracy. They might also determine types and quantities of glass required to fabricate products.

In addition, they operate and maintain finishing machines to grind, drill, sand, bevel, decorate, wash, or polish glass or glass products.

Although specific duties may vary, many of them develop sketches of glass products into blueprint specifications, applying knowledge of glass technology and glass blowing.

To some Glass Blowers, it is also their responsibility to place rubber hoses on ends of tubing and charge tubing with gas.

Freedom to make decisions

How much decision making freedom does this job offer?

No freedom
3%

Very little freedom
2%

Limited freedom
22%

Some freedom
36%

A lot of freedom
38%

Structured vs unstructured work

To what extent is this job structured for you versus allowing you to determine your own tasks, priorities, and goals?

No freedom
0%

Very little freedom
23%

Limited freedom
11%

Some freedom
27%

A lot of freedom
39%


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What is the job like

Job satisfaction

Low

Is this job meaningful

Low

61% said they were satisfied with their job and 46% said they found their job meaningful.


Pros

Suitable for people who like practical and hands-on work.

Suitable for people who value relationships between co-workers and customers and want to work in a friendly non-competitive environment.

It is not too difficult to get into this career. Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required to get started.

Cons

Not suitable for people who like to help and teach others.

One of the lowest paying jobs.

How much do they make

Average salary

$37370 per year

Average hourly wage

$18 per hour

Entry-level Glass Blowers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $25,490 to $29,190 per year or $12 to $14 per hour.

Salary range Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $26 $53,290
Senior (Top 25%) $21 $43,710
Middle (Mid 50%) $17 $35,440
Junior (Bottom 25%) $14 $29,190
No experience (Bottom 10%) $12 $25,490

What is the work day like

Working hours

Less than 40 hours
1%

40 hours
57%

More than 40 hours
42%

Working schedule

99%

1%

1%

Work with group or team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Not important at all
2%

Fairly important
23%

Important
13%

Very important
15%

Extremely important
47%

Deal with external customers

How important is it to work with customers in this job?

Not important at all
47%

Fairly important
5%

Important
22%

Very important
14%

Extremely important
12%

Manage or lead others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in completing work activities in this job?

Not important at all
43%

Fairly important
15%

Important
2%

Very important
26%

Extremely important
14%

Email

How often do you use email in this job?

Once a week
1%

Every day
24%

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Once a week
6%

Every day
25%

Group discussions

How often do you have group discussions in this job?

Once a week
36%

Every day
50%

Public speaking

How often does this job require you to do public speaking?

Never
85%

Once a year
1%

Once a month
13%

Once a week
0%

Every day
0%

Frequency of conflict situations

How often are there conflict situations in this job?

Never
46%

Once a year
29%

Once a month
13%

Once a week
1%

Every day
11%

Dealing with angry people

How often do you have to deal with angry, unpleasant, or discourteous individuals in this job?

Never
57%

Once a year
17%

Once a month
3%

Once a week
23%

Every day
1%

Dealing with physically aggressive people

How often do you have to deal with physically aggressive people in this job?

Never
98%

Once a year
1%

Once a month
0%

Once a week
1%

Every day
0%

Level of competition

How much competitive pressure is in this job?

Not competitive at all
24%

Slightly competitive
26%

Moderately competitive
26%

Highly competitive
23%

Extremely competitive
1%

Repetition in this job

How important is repeating the same type of task over and over in this job?

Not important at all
24%

Fairly important
14%

Important
24%

Very Important
16%

Extremely Important
23%

Impact of decisions on co-workers or company results

What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the reputation or financial resources of your employer?

No impact
12%

Minor impact
12%

Moderate impact
2%

Important impact
25%

Very important impact
48%

Frequency of decision making

How frequently do you have to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the reputation of the company?

Never
12%

Once a year
2%

Once a month
6%

Once a week
12%

Every day
68%

Responsibility for others’ health and safety

How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?

No responsibility
12%

Limited responsibility
39%

Moderate responsibility
11%

High responsibility
11%

Very high responsibility
28%

Responsibility for outcomes and results

How much responsibility is there for the work outcomes and results of other workers?

No responsibility
11%

Limited responsibility
37%

Moderate responsibility
13%

High responsibility
14%

Very high responsibility
25%

What is the work environment like

Office-style environment

Indoors in an environmentally controlled condition

Never
57%

Once a year or more
3%

Once a month or more
3%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
38%

Warehouse-style environment

Indoors in a non-controlled environmental condition such as a warehouse

Never
25%

Once a year or more
12%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
3%

Every day
60%

Outdoors

Outdoors exposed to all weather conditions

Never
92%

Once a year or more
4%

Once a month or more
1%

Once a week or more
3%

Every day
0%

Outdoors – Under Cover

Outdoors but under cover (e.g. structure with roof but no walls)

Never
94%

Once a year or more
3%

Once a month or more
3%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
1%

How to become one

Difficulty to become one

Easy
You may need some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Most careers in this difficulty category usually don’t require a degree. However, you will need a few months of on-the-job training with experienced employees. Similar careers include Customer Service Representatives, Security Guards, and Bank Tellers.

Required level of education

What level of education do you need to perform the job?

Less than a High School Diploma
43%

High School Diploma or equivalent
34%

Post-Secondary Certificate
20%

Some College Courses
2%

Associate’s Degree or similar
1%

Bachelor’s Degree
0%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
0%

Master’s Degree
0%

Post-Master’s Certificate
0%

First Professional Degree
0%

Doctoral Degree
0%

Post-Doctoral Training
0%

Relevant work experience

How much related work experience do you need to get hired for the job?

None
21%

1 month
0%

1 to 3 months
0%

3 to 6 months
15%

6 months to 1 year
5%

1 to 2 years
4%

2 to 4 years
22%

4 to 6 years
2%

6 to 8 years
1%

8 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
30%

On The Job Training

How much on the job training do you need to perform the job?

None or short demonstration
21%

1 month
4%

1 to 3 months
2%

3 to 6 months
16%

6 months to 1 year
6%

1 to 2 years
17%

2 to 4 years
16%

4 to 10 years
16%

Over 10 years
1%

Should you become one

Best personality for this career
The Builder

People with this personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

95%

43%

62%

14%

29%

71%

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People who are suitable for this job tend to like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

They also like following set procedures and routines. They like working with data and details more than with ideas.

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