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Become A Building Attendant

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Working As A Building Attendant

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $22,150

    Average Salary

What Does A Building Attendant Do

Janitors and building cleaners keep many types of buildings clean, orderly, and in good condition.

Duties

Janitors and building cleaners typically do the following:

  • Gather and empty trash
  • Sweep, mop, or vacuum building floors
  • Clean restrooms and stock them with supplies
  • Lock doors to secure buildings
  • Clean spills and other hazards with appropriate equipment
  • Wash windows, walls, and glass
  • Order cleaning supplies
  • Make minor building repairs
  • Notify managers when a building needs major repairs

Janitors and building cleaners keep office buildings, schools, hospitals, retail stores, hotels, and other places clean, sanitary, and in good condition. Some only clean, while others have a wide range of duties.

In addition to keeping the inside of buildings clean and orderly, some janitors and building cleaners work outdoors, mowing lawns, sweeping walkways, and removing snow. Some workers also monitor the building’s heating and cooling system, ensuring that it functions properly.

Janitors and building cleaners use many tools and equipment. Simple cleaning tools may include mops, brooms, rakes, and shovels. Other tools may include snowblowers, floor buffers, and carpet extraction equipment.

Some janitors are responsible for repairing minor electrical or plumbing problems, such as leaky faucets.

The following are examples of types of janitors and building cleaners:

Building superintendents are responsible for maintaining residential buildings, such as apartments and condominiums. Although their duties are similar to those of other janitors, some building superintendents also help collect rent and show vacancies to potential tenants.

Custodians are janitors or cleaning workers who typically maintain institutional facilities, such as public schools and hospitals.

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How To Become A Building Attendant

Most janitors and building cleaners learn on the job. Formal education is not required.

Education

Janitors and building cleaners do not need any formal educational credential. However, high school courses in shop can be helpful for jobs involving repair work.

Training

Most janitors and building cleaners learn on the job. Beginners typically work with a more experienced janitor, learning how to use and maintain equipment such as vacuums, floor buffers, and other tools. On the job, they also learn how to repair minor electrical and plumbing problems.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification is available through the Building Service Contractors Association International, the International Executive Housekeepers Association, and ISSA—The International Sanitary Supply Association. Certification can demonstrate competence and may make applicants more appealing to employers.

Important Qualities

Interpersonal skills. Janitors and building cleaners should get along well with their supervisors, other cleaners, and the people who live or work in the buildings they clean.

Mechanical skills. Janitors and building cleaners should understand general building operations. They should be able to make routine repairs, such as repairing leaky faucets. 

Physical stamina. Janitors and building cleaners spend most of their workday on their feet, operating cleaning equipment and lifting and moving supplies or tools. As a result, they should have good physical stamina.

Physical strength. Janitors and building cleaners often must lift and move cleaning materials and heavy equipment. Cases of liquid cleaner and trash receptacles, for example, can be very heavy, so workers should be strong enough to lift them without injuring their back.

Time-management skills. Janitors and building cleaners should be able to plan and complete tasks in a timely manner.

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Building Attendant Demographics

Gender

Male

58.8%

Female

38.2%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

78.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.7%

Japanese

13.3%

French

10.0%

German

6.7%

Mandarin

6.7%

Portuguese

3.3%

Dutch

3.3%

Hebrew

3.3%

Cantonese

3.3%

Deseret

3.3%

Carrier

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Italian

3.3%
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Building Attendant Education

Schools

Houston Community College

10.6%

San Jose State University

7.6%

Saint Cloud State University

7.6%

Texas Southern University

6.1%

Christopher Newport University

6.1%

Macomb Community College

6.1%

Eastern Michigan University

4.5%

University of Northern Colorado

4.5%

University of Kentucky

4.5%

Sinclair Community College

4.5%

San Antonio College

4.5%

California State University - East Bay

4.5%

Austin Community College

4.5%

Allan Hancock College

4.5%

Indian Hills Community College

4.5%

Washington State University

3.0%

Illinois State University

3.0%

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

3.0%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

3.0%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.0%
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Majors

Business

21.2%

Psychology

8.8%

Criminal Justice

7.1%

Health Care Administration

5.9%

Kinesiology

5.3%

General Studies

5.3%

Finance

4.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.1%

Nursing

4.1%

Communication

4.1%

Photography

3.5%

English

3.5%

Marketing

3.5%

Fine Arts

2.9%

Computer Science

2.9%

Biology

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Economics

2.4%

Sociology

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.3%

Other

30.7%

Associate

15.8%

Masters

5.6%

Certificate

5.6%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

0.9%
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Top Skills for A Building Attendant

CityFacilitiesCustomerServiceSkillsActivitySet-UpsJanitorialSpecialEventsPhoneCallsSuperviseEmergencyFrontDeskFloorCareBuildingSecurityCleanPatientRoomsDataEntryEmptyTrashRecreationDepartmentPublicAreasMaintenanceIssuesLightBulbsLockerRoomsGeneralPublic

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Top Building Attendant Skills

  1. City Facilities
  2. Customer Service Skills
  3. Activity Set-Ups
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Set up of tables and chairs, oversee customers use of city facilities in accordance with city policy.
  • Set up for special events, city meetings and other activities directed by the Recreation Department.
  • Answered phone calls and assisted callers with their requests or problems.
  • Supervised building support activities held within the various individual Recreation Department locations.
  • Monitor emergency broadcast message system and life safety scanner.

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