Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers
SOC: 51-9195.04


Shape molten glass according to patterns.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
41,400 employed

Projected (2024):
38,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Artificial Glass Eye Maker
  • Bender
  • Blow Molder
  • Bottle Blower
  • Fiber Glass Worker
  • Gaffer
  • Glass Bender
  • Glass Block Bender
  • Glass Block Installer
  • Glass Blower
  • Glass Blowing Instructor
  • Glass Blowing Lathe Operator
  • Glass Forming Engineer
  • Glass Lathe Operator
  • Glass Tube Bender
  • Glass Worker
  • Glassblower
  • Glassware Finisher
  • Laboratory Apparatus Glass Blower
  • Machine Operator
  • Molder
  • Neon Glass Bender
  • Neon Glass Blower
  • Neon Pumper
  • Neon Tube Bender
  • Press Operator
  • Presser
  • Relief Operator
  • Scientific Glass Blower
  • Tube Bender
  • Ware Finisher

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Fine Arts
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Inspect, weigh, and measure products to verify conformance to specifications, using instruments such as micrometers, calipers, magnifiers, or rulers.
  • Record manufacturing information, such as quantities, sizes, or types of goods produced.
  • Heat glass to pliable stage, using gas flames or ovens and rotating glass to heat it uniformly.
  • 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.
  • Set up and adjust machine press stroke lengths and pressures and regulate oven temperatures, according to glass types to be processed.
  • Shape, bend, or join sections of glass, using paddles, pressing and flattening hand tools, or cork.
  • Develop sketches of glass products into blueprint specifications, applying knowledge of glass technology and glass blowing.
  • Determine types and quantities of glass required to fabricate products.
  • Place rubber hoses on ends of tubing and charge tubing with gas.
  • Superimpose bent tubing on asbestos patterns to ensure accuracy.
  • Place electrodes in tube ends and heat them with glass burners to fuse them into place.
  • Strike necks of finished articles to separate articles from blowpipes.
  • Spray or swab molds with oil solutions to prevent adhesion of glass.
  • Cut lengths of tubing to specified sizes, using files or cutting wheels.
  • Place glass into dies or molds of presses and control presses to form products, such as glassware components or optical blanks.
  • Design and create glass objects, using blowpipes and artisans' hand tools and equipment.
  • Repair broken scrolls by replacing them with new sections of tubing.
  • Operate and maintain finishing machines to grind, drill, sand, bevel, decorate, wash, or polish glass or glass products.
  • Operate electric kilns that heat and mold glass sheets to the shape and curve of metal jigs.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air compressors
  • Annealing ovens
  • Cutting wheels
  • Dial calipers
  • Digital micrometers
  • Drill presses
  • Electric kilns
  • Engine lathes
  • Glass blowing pipes
  • Glass knives
  • Glass lathes
  • Glass saws
  • Glass tongs
  • Grinders
  • Hand held magnifiers
  • Holding clamps
  • Induction heaters
  • Lapping wheels
  • Laptop computers
  • Meeker burners
  • Personal computers
  • Polariscopes
  • Polishing wheels
  • Precision files
  • Precision rulers
  • Propane torches
  • Protective respirators
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Sandblasters
  • Shears
  • Spot welders
  • Tweezers
  • Vacuum ovens
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Billing software
  • Inventory control software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook

  • production

    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220