Janitors and Cleaners

Janitors or cleaners, sometimes known as custodians, are responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of schools, apartments, hospitals, office buildings, manufacturing plants, and other public structures. In addition to daily cleaning duties, they may perform light repair work when needed and make sure heating and cooling systems are in proper working order. They may also be responsible for some outdoor work such as sweeping sidewalks or walkways. There are more than 2.1 million janitors and cleaners employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Central Supply Workers, Custodians, Laboratory Equipment Cleaners
Duties Use appropriate products and tools to clean and maintain all rooms in a building, including bathrooms, offices, apartments, or manufacturing facilities.
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Physical Education
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Building/Trades
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Must be able to lift objects weighing 50 pounds or more
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Owner, Cleaning Service Company
  • Manager, Janitorial/Custodial Services
  • Janitorial/Custodial Supervisor
  • Janitor/Custodian

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