Glaziers Lead Construction Jobs in Best Work Life Balance

U.S. News & World Report recently released its 100 Best Jobs rankings, and while glaziers did not rank in the top 100 of best jobs, it did rank among the best in work life balance. Of the Best Construction Jobs, glaziers ranked eighth out of 14 jobs listed, but had the best work life balance of any of the jobs ranked above it.

According to the rankings, glaziers have a median salary of $42,580 and an unemployment rate of 5%. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that glaziers will see a 10.5% growth in employment from 2016 to 2026, with a total of 5,300 added jobs.

Glaziers received an overall score of 5.1/10. The scorecard includes:

  • Salary (5.2/10);
  • Job market (4/10);
  • Future growth (6/10);
  • Stress (4/10); and
  • Work life balance (10/10).

The best-paying cities for glaziers are Chicago ($77,240), San Francisco ($77,060), Montgomery County, Pa. ($75,150), Urban Honolulu ($73,970) and Philadelphia ($73,120). The best-paying states for glaziers are Hawaii ($72,330), New Jersey ($71,300), Illinois ($69,590), Alaska ($61,030) and Washington ($59,780).

The U.S. News & World Report’s description of the current state of the profession reads, “Although jobs do not require more than a high school diploma, employers are increasingly seeking candidates with math and design knowledge and familiarity with sophisticated construction equipment. As a result, many jobs require multiyear training and apprenticeships. Training requirements and salaries vary in this profession, depending on whether jobs are offered through nonunion or union contractors. Generally, the most demanding and best-paying jobs involve work on high-rise buildings.”

Solar photovoltaic installer ranked fourth on the Best Construction Jobs list with an overall score of 5.6/10. The job has a median salary of $39,490 and an unemployment rate of 15.1%. However, the BLS projects 104.9% employment growth for solar photovoltaic installers between 2016 and 2026, with an estimated total of 11,800 additional jobs.

The scorecard for the profession includes:

  • Salary (5/10);
  • Job market (2/10);
  • Future growth (6/10);
  • Stress (8/10); and
  • Work life balance (6/10).

The best-paying cities for solar photovoltaic installers include Urban Honolulu, Boston, Santa Rosa, Calif., San Diego and San Francisco, while the best-paying states include Utah, Michigan, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Oregon.

Construction manager ranked first on the Best Construction Jobs list and 43rd in the 100 Best Jobs list with a much higher median salary ($91,370) and a lower unemployment rate (2.3%). However, the job’s work life balance only received a 4/10.

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