How to Become a Janitor

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To become a janitor, an individual must be willing to perform manual cleaning work for most of the day. Janitors are generally asked to clean commercial and residential buildings thoroughly, so people who work in this field must be willing to carry out menial responsibilities without complaint. Depending on where they work, janitors may be responsible for cleaning both the inside and outside of a building. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, janitors and building cleaners can expect to have a 10 percent increase in demand for their skills over the next decade.[1]


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Flickr: Quinn Dombrowski
Education No formal education required[1]
Starting pay $7.86 per hour[2]
Median pay $10.68 per hour[2]
10 yr growth Average: 11%[1]
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Author Selena Robinson
 

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Janitor Job Overview

The work responsibilities of a janitor generally involve cleaning every room in a building. As a result, the exact job duties can vary from place to place. For example, in a residential building, janitors may perform basic housekeeping responsibilities such as emptying the garbage, cleaning bathrooms, and washing windows. In a commercial building such as a grocery store, though, a janitor may be asked to buff floors, straighten inventory on shelves, and dust office equipment. Janitors who work outdoors may be asked to perform light landscaping duties, such as trimming or raking the yard.[3]

Janitorial Supervisor Jobs

While a janitor is often directly responsible for the work of cleaning a building, a janitorial supervisor is usually the person in charge of a janitorial team. Janitorial supervisors often start out as janitors, but are able to advance after gaining years of experience and additional education. In addition to managing the staff, janitorial supervisors are also responsible for basic accounting and invoicing.[4]

Janitor Education

Becoming a janitor does not usually require receiving an education beyond high school. A basic knowledge of how to perform cleaning tasks may be all that is required for getting a job as a janitor. Since the education requirements for becoming a janitor are relatively low, high school students who want to find part-time work can often begin working in a janitorial capacity while they are still in school. Since janitors may be employed in a variety of industries, working as a janitor can also give a student exposure to several different career fields.[5]

Janitor Training

Most of the training for janitors is done on the job. After getting hired, a janitor must learn the client or company's specific cleaning preferences, including which products to use and how often to perform certain tasks. In many instances, new janitors are trained by experienced personnel. Those who wish to pursue janitorial certification can do so through professional organizations such as Building Service Contractors Association International.[6]

Working as a Janitor

An overview of the daily job duties of a janitor

Also See: How to Become a Landscaper, How to Become a Plumber, How to Become a Licensed Contractor, How to Become a Groundskeeper, How to Become an Electrician

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/building-and-grounds-cleaning/janitors-and-building-cleaners.htm
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/building-and-grounds-cleaning/janitors-and-building-cleaners.htm#tab-5
  3. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/building-and-grounds-cleaning/janitors-and-building-cleaners.htm#tab-2
  4. http://education-portal.com/articles/Be_a_Janitorial_Supervisor_Job_Duties_Requirements_and_Outlook.html
  5. http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/janitor
  6. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/building-and-grounds-cleaning/janitors-and-building-cleaners.htm#tab-4