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Clean windows and perform repairs after buildings close for the day.

What does a Janitor do?

The life of a Janitor is more than just cleaning schools, office buildings, and other institutions. It’s really a jack-of-all-trades position that requires some Handyman work as well. Cleaning is usually the primary responsibility, however, so if you have an obsessive-compulsive approach to keeping your own space neat and tidy, a Janitor position may be your calling.

As a Janitor, you typically work for a private company, a particular office building, or a public service system. Garden-variety cleaning duties primarily make up your workday and can include removing trash, sweeping and mopping floors, and vacuuming carpets. In some cases, you may also be responsible for addressing any plumbing issues such as leaky pipes and faucets.

Your work hours can vary depending on the type of institution you work for. If you hold a janitorial position at a school, for example, your job will most likely be the typical nine-to-five. If you work at an office building or similar institution, however, expect evening and weekend hours since vacuuming the carpet in the middle of a workday can disrupt other employees. When you’re new on the job, you’ll spend the majority of your time learning how to choose the right cleaning agent, how to operate certain machines, and how to do your work safely.

An eye for detail, the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and a desire to create a clean, tidy, smooth-running office or school environment are crucial to a successful career as a Janitor.