Janitor/Cleaner

Apartment Maintenance Worker, Building Maintenance Laborer, Building Service Worker   More Names
Building Services Technician, Carpet Cleaning Technician, Custodian, Environmental Services Aide, Environmental Services Associate, Environmental Services Technician, Environmental Services Worker, Facility Service Associate, General Cleaner, Institutional Custodian, Sanitation Worker
Description

Janitors and cleaners keep public transportation facilities clean, cleaning windows, restrooms, furniture, floors, equipment, and walls. They also empty trash, report the need for repairs, and make sure doors are locked and equipment is unplugged. They may be responsible for mixing their own cleaning fluids and keeping an inventory of cleaning supplies. They must be familiar with procedures for the safe and efficient use of cleaning chemicals and equipment and understand different cleaning methods. They may need training for appropriate disposal of hazardous materials.

Janitors and cleaners typically report to a foreman, crew chief or supervisor. They should have good communication, problem-solving, and record-keeping skills.

Employers usually prefer a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) certificate. Many industry employers provide on-the-job training, but click on the "get qualified" tab above to see additional resources for job preparation and training.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
6% - Slower than average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $20,000 - $31,490    Hourly: $10 - $15

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

Most janitors and building cleaners work indoors, but some work outdoors part of the time, sweeping walkways, mowing lawns, and shoveling snow. They spend most of the day walking, standing, or bending while cleaning; and sometimes they must move or lift heavy supplies and equipment. As a result, the work may be strenuous on the back, arms, and legs. Some tasks, such as cleaning restrooms and trash areas, can be dirty and unpleasant.

Injuries and Illnesses Janitors and building cleaners have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations. Workers suffer minor cuts, bruises, and burns from machines, tools, and chemicals. As a result, workers are increasingly required to take safety training and ergonomics instruction.

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Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

6% - Slower than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $20,000 - $31,490

Hourly: $10 - $15