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Janitors and Building Cleaners

Janitors and Building Cleaners
Quick Facts : Janitors and Building Cleaners*
2010 Median Pay$22,210
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20122,310,400
Job Outlook11% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change246,400

Janitors and building cleaners keep many types of buildings clean, orderly, and in good condition. Along with keeping the inside of buildings clean and orderly, some janitors and building cleaners work outdoors, mowing lawns, sweeping walkways, or shoveling snow. Some also monitor the heating and cooling system, ensuring that it functions properly.

What Janitors and Building Cleaners Do

  • Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming them
  • Clean bathrooms and stock them with soap, toilet paper, and other supplies
  • Clean spills and other hazards using sponges and squeegees
  • Make minor repairs to the building, such as changing light bulbs
  • Notify managers when the building needs major repairs

Work Environment

Most janitors and building cleaners work indoors, but some work outdoors part of the time, sweeping walkways, mowing lawns, or shoveling snow. Because office buildings are usually cleaned while they are empty, many cleaning workers work evening hours. The work can be physically demanding and sometimes dirty and unpleasant.
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Job Outlook

Employment of janitors and building cleaners is expected to grow 11 percent from 2010 to 2020, however, employment growth is expected to be tempered as fewer new buildings are built over the projections decade.
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The average hourly wage for janitors and building cleaners in May 2010 was $10.68.
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Becoming a Janitors and Building Cleaners

Most janitors and building cleaners learn on the job. Beginners typically work with a more experienced janitor or cleaner, learning how to use and maintain machines, such as wet-and-dry vacuums and floor buffers and polishers.
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