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Janitor  What They Do

Just the Facts


Keeps buildings in clean and orderly condition. Performs heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. Duties may include tending furnace and boiler, performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.

This career is part of the Hospitality & Tourism cluster Consumer Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Services, cleans, or supplies restrooms.
  • Cleans building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming.
  • Gathers and empties trash.
  • Follows procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment to prevent damage to floors and fixtures.
  • Mixes water and detergents or acids in containers to prepare cleaning solutions, according to specifications.
  • Cleans windows, glass partitions, or mirrors, using soapy water or other cleaners, sponges, or squeegees.
  • Notifies managers concerning the need for major repairs or additions to building operating systems.
  • Requisitions supplies or equipment needed for cleaning and maintenance duties.
  • Dusts furniture, walls, machines, or equipment.
  • Strips, seals, finishes, and polishes floors.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Carpet Cleaner -- Removes dirt, grime and stains from carpets using special equipment, cleaning solutions and techniques.
  • Home Restoration Service Cleaner -- Cleans and restores interiors of homes damaged by fire, smoke, or water, using commercial cleaning equipment.
  • Office Cleaner -- Dusts, mops and takes out the trash, making sure a building is well-kept.
  • Pool Cleaner -- Keeps the pool clean and up to safety standards by controlling harmful bacteria by regular and carefully measured amounts of purifying chemicals being mixed into the pool water.
  • Window Cleaner -- Cleans windows and other glass surfaces using specialized equipment and techniques.
  • Building Custodian --
  • Campground Cleaning Attendant --
  • Duct Cleaner --
  • Sanitation Worker --