Glass Blowers


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Glass Blowers

Glass Blowers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, glass blowers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a low to medium level of social contact. They usually work alone, but may interact with coworkers, depending on the type of employment.
  • Sometimes work as part of a team.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Have limited responsibility for the work done by others.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors. Work places may not be temperature-controlled.
  • Wear gloves or safety glasses on a daily basis.
  • Are exposed to very hot temperatures on a daily basis, especially when working near ovens.
  • Are regularly exposed to loud sounds and distracting noise levels.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations and conditions that may produce minor burns.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants.
  • Sometimes must operate hazardous equipment.
  • May work physically near others.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could result in products that do not meet requirements.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Must allow the pace of work to be set by the speed of equipment.
  • Often make decisions without consulting a supervisor first.
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  • Usually set daily tasks and goals in conjunction with a supervisor.
  • Must meet strict weekly and monthly deadlines.

Hours/Travel

  • Usually work 40 hours per week, especially if working in a factory. May work overtime.
  • May travel to other cities or states to show their wares at art festivals or craft shows.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.