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How to Get a Job as a Janitor

A certified job candidate will be more attractive to employers than a janitor without any certification. These designations imply that you’ve learned certain mechanical skills necessary to fulfill the job tasks and can help you advance to higher positions. “There are also a number of opportunities for cleaning service workers who are committed and who demonstrate an understanding of their true role (as well as technical proficiency in performing the job) as supervisor and management positions are often filled by frontline workers. The key is education and training,” Wagner writes. Employers are also looking for janitors with good communication skills who can display the stamina and physical strength required to handle the job’s most strenuous tasks.

Job Satisfaction

Upward Mobility poor Below Average
Stress Level good Low
Flexibility fair Average

What is the Job Like?

Janitors work in a range of settings, including offices, schools, hospitals and apartment complexes. Regardless of the locale, many of the duties are the same. In addition to handling cleaning jobs both indoors and out (like washing office windows and mopping cafeteria floors), sanitation workers might also do minor repair work to unclog toilets or fix leaky faucets. Those working in elementary and secondary schools might also be assigned tasks associated with groundskeepers, such as shovelling snow and mowing grass. Heavy lifting is frequently required, as is standing on ladders and operating complex machinery. Because of this, janitors have one of the higher work-related injury rates of all professions. Increasingly, they are required to undergo safety training and ergonomics instruction.

The bright side of the sometimes less-than-pleasant tasks of sanitation work is the flexibility and minimal amount of stress that such responsibilities bring.

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