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Maids & Housekeeping Cleaners

Also called: Environmental Services Worker, Housekeeper, Housekeeping, Housekeeping Aide

What they do:
Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments, such as hotels and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner. Duties may include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and vacuuming.
On the job, you would:
  • Carry linens, towels, toilet items, and cleaning supplies, using wheeled carts.
  • Disinfect equipment and supplies, using germicides or steam-operated sterilizers.
  • Clean rooms, hallways, lobbies, lounges, restrooms, corridors, elevators, stairways, locker rooms, and other work areas so that health standards are met.


  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • looking for ways to help people
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
  • listen and understand what people say


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Facilities management software
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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