Janitors are responsible for cleaning and maintaining public facilities. They are employed in just about every industry, including schools and hospitals, as well as large office buildings and retail establishments. Depending on their level of responsibility and the type of establishment, janitors perform a wide variety of duties including mowing lawns, shoveling snow, monitoring heating and cooling systems, and resolving plumbing and electrical issues. While there is no formal education requirement to become a janitor, many janitors have practical, on-the-job experience that enables them to take on many different tasks. The average pay for a janitor is $10.73 per hour, but janitors with more duties can earn substantially more.
When hiring janitorial staff, employers generally seek out applicants who are punctual, efficient, and reliable. Avoiding candidates who may constitute a high risk for discipline-related problems is vital. Many employers screening janitorial candidates will use a behavioral risk assessment such as the Workplace Productivity Profile (WPP), which can help identify the applicants who are most likely to follow company rules, be punctual, and avoid counterproductive work behaviors such as time-wasting, absenteeism, and theft. By using a combination of personality tests as well as other risk reduction measures, employers can help maximize their chances of hiring conscientious, productive janitors who realize the importance of rule adherence.
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107 out of 1,100
Median wage in U.S.:
Expected growth rate 2012-2022:
Number employed (2014): 2,137,730
Education level of Janitors and Cleaners: