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Janitors and Cleaners

Perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, washing windows, or removing trash.

Quick Facts

Wages:

Below the statewide median
$18.61 / hour    Read more about wages

Outlook:

Average
Growth rate:  5.7%    Read more about outlook

Education:

High School or less is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Clean building walls or flooring.
  • Clean equipment or supplies.
  • Clean facilities or sites.
  • Clean furniture or fixtures.
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Job Title Examples:

Environmental Specialist
Floor Tech (Floor Technician)
Custodian

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Wages & Outlook

 

Typical Wages

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $18.61
Statewide median: $25.22

 

This career pays below the statewide median wage.


Wages for Janitors and Cleaners *

Area Low Median High
U S
$14.66 $17.36 $19.64
Minnesota
$16.69 $18.61 $22.00
Central Minnesota
$15.85 $18.03 $21.62
Northeast Minnesota
$14.99 $17.74 $22.02
Northwest Minnesota
$15.62 $18.33 $22.19
Southeast Minnesota
$16.57 $18.16 $22.50
Southwest Minnesota
$15.47 $17.97 $21.39
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$17.24 $18.89 $22.09

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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Employment

In Minnesota, there are 42,750 workers employed in this very large career.

Where do Janitors and Cleaners most often work?

 

Current Demand

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This career is currently in very high demand.

 

Future Demand

This career is high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 60,938 new Janitors and Cleaners to meet market demand between 2020-2030. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

 

Employment Outlook for Janitors and Cleaners
Area Employment Employment Change
2020 2030 Number Percent
U S 2,217,000 2,344,200 127,200 5.7%
Minnesota 42,824 45,348 2,524 5.9%
Central Minnesota 4,366 4,614 248 5.7%
Northeast Minnesota 1,968 2,133 165 8.4%
Northwest Minnesota 3,232 3,444 212 6.6%
Southeast Minnesota 3,522 3,763 241 6.8%
Southwest Minnesota 2,835 3,052 217 7.7%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 26,754 28,257 1,503 5.6%



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.


Physical Demands   

This career requires time standing, walking, or running.

 

Typical Work Tasks

People who work in this career often:


Typical Working Conditions

 

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Education & Credentials

 

Educational Requirements

High School or less

 

Education level attained (national data)

Education Level Attained (national data)
Education Level AttainedPercentage of workers in this occupation
Less than high school diploma24.1
High school diploma or equivalent44.4
Some college, no degree19.5
Associate degree6.1
Bachelors degree4.8
Masters degree0.8
Doctoral (Ph.D) or professional degree0.3

 

Work Experience and Training Requirements

Nationally, this career typically requires:

  • No related work experience for entry.
  • Short-term on-the-job training to become competent.

 

Transfer Options

 

Apprenticeship

A registered apprenticeship is a structured way of learning a skilled occupation, craft, or trade. It combines on-the-job training and classroom instruction.

View the recent 1 apprenticeship(s) for this occupation.


 

Helpful High School Courses

Examples of helpful classes that help you prepare for this career:

  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Culinary Arts
  • Economics
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Health and Wellness
  • Marketing
  • Public Speaking
  • Sociology
  • Team Sports
  • World Geography
  • World Language

In Minnesota, your school may have developed a Program of Study in this career area. A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your high school to help move you towards a career and college path. A Program of Study can help you:

  • Select high school classes that prepare you for college and getting a job
  • Understand how the classes you're taking in high school lead to a career
  • Identify extra-curricular activities that are related to your career interest
  • See what classes at your school offer early college credit that will save you time and money towards your college expenses
  • Graduate from high school prepared for your next step toward the career you choose

 

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Skills & Knowledge

 

Most Important Skills for Janitors and Cleaners


 

Most Important Knowledge Areas for Janitors and Cleaners



Interests


Different careers may be a good fit for your personality or interests. This career is:

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Describe Your Skills


People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks. These statements can help a prospective employer understand what you can do, on a resume or during an interview.

  • Performing general physical abilities.
  • Handling and moving objects.
  • Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to find or fix problems.
  • Collecting information from different sources.
  • Communicating with supervisors, co-workers, or people that work under you.
  • Organizing, planning, and prioritizing work.
  • Creating and maintaining interpersonal relationships.
  • Making decisions or solving problems.

 

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Job Title Examples


Environmental Specialist,  Floor Tech (Floor Technician),  Custodian,  Building Custodian,  Cleaner,  Custodial Worker,  Heavy Duty Custodian,  Operational Service Worker (OSW),  Plant Custodian 

 

Where Do Janitors and Cleaners Work?


Janitors and Cleaners often work in the following industries.

 

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