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Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

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Keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. Perform 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.

    Work Activities
    • Remove snow from sidewalks, driveways, or parking areas, using snowplows, snow blowers, or snow shovels, or spread snow melting chemicals.
    • Service, clean, or supply restrooms.
    • Monitor building security and safety by performing tasks such as locking doors after operating hours or checking electrical appliance use to ensure that hazards are not created.
    • Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming.
    • Gather and empty trash.
    • Follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment to prevent damage to floors and fixtures.
    • Mix water and detergents or acids in containers to prepare cleaning solutions, according to specifications.
    • Clean laboratory equipment, such as glassware or metal instruments, using solvents, brushes, rags, or power cleaning equipment.
    • Clean windows, glass partitions, or mirrors, using soapy water or other cleaners, sponges, or squeegees.
    • Notify managers concerning the need for major repairs or additions to building operating systems.
    • Requisition supplies or equipment needed for cleaning and maintenance duties.
    • Dust furniture, walls, machines, or equipment.
    • Mow or trim lawns or shrubbery, using mowers or hand or power trimmers, and clear debris from grounds.
    • Strip, seal, finish, and polish floors.
    • Clean and polish furniture and fixtures.
    • Steam clean or shampoo carpets.
    • Set up, arrange, or remove decorations, tables, chairs, ladders, or scaffolding to prepare facilities for events, such as banquets or meetings.
    • Make adjustments or minor repairs to heating, cooling, ventilating, plumbing, or electrical systems.
    • Move heavy furniture, equipment, or supplies, either manually or by using hand trucks.
    • Clean and restore building interiors damaged by fire, smoke, or water, using commercial cleaning equipment.
    • Spray insecticides or fumigants to prevent insect or rodent infestation.
    • Drive vans, industrial trucks, or other vehicles required to travel to or to perform cleaning work.
    • Clean chimneys, flues, and connecting pipes, using power or hand tools.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Static Strength

      The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.

    Knowledge
    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $26,030/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $12.52/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 91,100
    • Yearly Projected Openings 12,600
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Independence
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Concern for Others
    Tools
    • Vacuum cleaners
    • Snow blowers
    • Screwdrivers
    • Ladders
    • Floor polishers
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.