The places in which we work and play are kept in safe, working order because of dedicated janitors and custodians working behind the scenes. Employed by offices, schools, hospitals, and malls, janitors work tirelessly to clean and maintain the interior and exterior of buildings and their surrounding grounds, often using industrial equipment in addition to their hands.
Depending on the place of employment, the job can include washing windows, walls and ceilings, emptying waste containers, cleaning and waxing floors, disinfecting bathrooms and kitchens, performing small maintenance tasks including minor repairs, watering plants, cutting grass, and clearing ice and snow. As a physically demanding profession, a janitor should be relatively fit, able to stand for long periods of time and enjoy completing a variety of different tasks.
The most important responsibility for a janitor is to keep the area and grounds in which he or she works in safe, working order. As there are many different tasks a janitor must complete, he or she should be highly organized with good time-management skills to ensure everything is completed in a suitable timeframe. This individual should enjoy working with their hands but also see the importance of sanitation, especially when working in schools and hospitals.
- Ability to multitask with good time-management skills
- Knowledge of health and safety measures and proper sanitation
- Physically fit, able to lift heavy objects and stand for long periods of time