Janitor

Janitors have an overall responsibility of keeping buildings clean. They may be responsible for keeping just one building in an orderly condition or they may be assigned to multiple buildings. Some of the typical daily job duties of janitors include sweeping moping and vacuuming floors emptying trash cans bringing collected trash to a dumpster and keeping bathrooms clean and full of supplies. When accidents occur or when unusual messes are made janitors are normally called to help with the clean up. Additionally janitors often help clear snow from walkways during the winter help rake leaves in the fall and mow grass in the summer. They also let building supervisors know when they spot areas of the building in need of repair and they tell their supervisors when cleaning supplies should be ordered. Sometimes newly hired janitors are responsible for more basic cleaning duties whereas more experienced janitors are often given more complex responsibilities such as completing minor building repairs or working on the building’s heating and cooling systems. According to the website www.ehow.com some of the typical types of locations where janitors are employed include hospitals schools office buildings manufacturing plants and apartment buildings. While there is not a specific educational requirement to become a janitor most employers prefer that their employees have a minimum of a high school diploma or the equivalent. They must also be knowledgeable about cleaning supplies and how to effectively and safely use cleaning chemicals and solutions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics janitors typically earn a median salary of $24120.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $24120
High Salary: $27120
Low Salary: $21120
Tasks: Keeps buildings clean.
Empties trash cans.
Mops, sweeps and vacuums floors.
Replenishes bathroom supplies.
Also Called: Custodian
Building Attendant
Cleaner
Maintenance Worker
Additional Resources: http://www.bestjobdescriptions.com/cleaning/janitor-job-description
http://www.myplan.com/careers/janitors-and-cleaners/description-37-2011.00.html
http://www.ehow.com/about_6876511_janitorial-job-description.html