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Laundry & Dry-Cleaning Workers

Also called: Laundry Aide, Laundry Attendant, Laundry Housekeeper, Laundry Worker

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Ship's Serviceman; Shower/Laundry and Clothing Repair Specialist; Water Support Technician

What they do:
Operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, leather, furs, blankets, draperies, linens, rugs, and carpets. Includes spotters and dyers of these articles.
On the job, you would:
  • Load articles into washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to perform loading.
  • Start washers, dry cleaners, driers, or extractors, and turn valves or levers to regulate machine processes and the volume of soap, detergent, water, bleach, starch, and other additives.
  • Operate extractors and driers, or direct their operation.


  • customer service
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • understanding people's reactions


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • communicate by speaking
  • 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:
  • Independence
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Point of sale POS software
  • Sales processing software


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

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