Janitors and Cleaners
On the Job
Janitors and Cleaners perform heavy cleaning duties, like washing floors, walls, or glass, or removing trash. They may also maintain equipment or shovel snow.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Clean building walls or flooring.
- Clean equipment or supplies.
- Clean facilities or sites.
- Clean furniture or fixtures.
- Dispose of trash or waste materials.
- Move furniture.
- Prepare chemicals for work application.
- Remove debris from work sites.
- Remove snow.
- Decorate indoor or outdoor spaces.
Typical Working Conditions
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Working with a group or team.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
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