Dry Cleaning and Laundry Workers

Dry cleaning and laundry workers dry clean, wash, dry, and press clothing, linens, curtains, rugs, and other articles made from natural and synthetic fibers. This work is done for individuals, families, industries, hospitals, hotels, schools, and other institutions. In smaller laundries and dry cleaning plants, one worker may perform several different tasks. In larger plants, however, a worker usually performs only one job in the cleaning process. Some dry cleaning and laundry workers specialize in one or two aspects of the process. Today, the industry has a national sales volume of about $8 billion annually. Approximately 197,650 people are employed nationwide in this industry.

Dry cleaners and laundries range from small independent businesses that service families and the community to large wholesale and institutional plants. Many institutions such as hospitals, prisons, and hotels have their own laundry facilities on site.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Dry clean, wash, dry, and press clothing and other articles made from synthetic and natural fibers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Social
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Business Owner, or Plant Manager, or Line Supervisor
  • Dry Cleaning and Laundry Worker
  • Laundry Laborer or Loader

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