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Janitors & Cleaners

Also called: Custodian, Janitor, Cleaner, Custodial Worker

What they do:
Keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. Perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. Duties may include tending furnace and boiler, performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.
On the job, you would:
  • Monitor building security and safety by performing such tasks as locking doors after operating hours and checking electrical appliance use to ensure that hazards are not created.
  • Service, clean, or supply restrooms.
  • Gather and empty trash.

Knowledge

Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • group things in different ways

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office software
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word

Education

Education: (rated 1 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$22,320
per year, on average
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