Janitor Job Description
Janitors clean and maintain buildings such as schools, hospitals and offices. In some cases, they may need to perform minor repairs on heating, cooling and plumbing systems. General groundskeeping duties like cutting grass or shoveling snow may also be required.
Additional responsibilities for most janitor jobs include:
- Emptying trash cans.
- Opening the building in the morning, and locking it in the evening.
- Washing walls, windows, and glass.
- Using vacuums, mops, and brooms to clean floors.
Work Environment and Schedule
Janitors spend most of their time working inside, though some outdoor maintenance is sometimes required as well.
This can be a physically demanding occupation. Janitors spend all day on their feet, and they have to routinely move heavy equipment and supplies. Injuries are common in this occupation, so janitors need to be careful to take many precautions to keep themselves safe on the job.
Working hours for janitors vary greatly depending on the type of work performed. Offices are normally cleaned after hours, so night and weekend work is often required. However, janitors in schools normally work regular hours from Monday to Friday.
Before applying for a position, you should research the hours to make sure that it’s compatible with your after work responsibilities.
How to Become a Janitor
There are no formal education requirements for becoming a janitor, and most are trained on the job.
Most of the time, entry-level janitors work with experienced janitors who show them how to use the equipment and solve basic problems with plumbing or electrical equipment.
There are certifications available for janitors, but most employers do not require them. If you’re interested in pursuing a certification, they are offered by the International Sanitary Supply Association and the Building Service Contractors Association International.
There are currently janitors in the United States, with new janitor job openings created each year.
Janitor jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Janitor salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most janitors make between per year, or per hour.