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Become A Building Service Worker

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Working As A Building Service Worker

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

  • $23,440

    Average Salary

What Does A Building Service Worker 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 Service Worker

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 Service Worker Demographics

Gender

Male

58.0%

Female

40.0%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

79.3%

Hispanic or Latino

11.2%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.2%

Portuguese

6.9%

French

6.9%

Polish

6.9%

Chinese

3.4%

Gujarati

3.4%

Urdu

3.4%

Hindi

3.4%

Mandarin

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Korean

3.4%
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Building Service Worker Education

Schools

University of Illinois at Chicago

10.6%

Eastern Illinois University

7.7%

Parkland College

7.7%

Montgomery College

6.7%

Western Illinois University

5.8%

University of Phoenix

5.8%

Athens Technical College

5.8%

Michigan State University

4.8%

Northern Illinois University

4.8%

Miami University

3.8%

Illinois State University

3.8%

Olivet Nazarene University

3.8%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.8%

Prince George's Community College

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

Bakersfield College

3.8%

Kansas State University

3.8%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

3.8%

Eastern Michigan University

2.9%

Hope College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

17.4%

General Studies

10.3%

Criminal Justice

9.5%

Psychology

7.5%

Computer Science

5.9%

Liberal Arts

5.9%

Nursing

5.1%

Accounting

4.3%

Automotive Technology

3.6%

English

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.6%

Communication

3.2%

Fine Arts

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Human Services

2.8%

Kinesiology

2.4%

Political Science

2.4%

History

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

39.7%

Bachelors

27.9%

Associate

16.3%

Certificate

6.9%

Masters

6.4%

Diploma

1.9%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Building Service Worker

WAXFloorsWashesWindowsBuildingServicesDustMopJanitorialCustomerServiceBuildingMaintenanceSpecialEventsLightBulbsFloorCareSnowRemovalHvacEmptyTrashPublicAreasLightFixturesFloorSurfacesCleanRestroomsBuildingFloorsGeneralMaintenanceAthleticLocker-Rooms

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Top Building Service Worker Skills

  1. WAX Floors
  2. Washes Windows
  3. Building Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Strip and wax floors and vacuum and shampoo all carpets in the facility.
  • Maintained the building services and cleanliness of two residence halls at Michigan State.
  • Dust, dust mop, wet mop, auto scrub, vacuum, carpet extract, strip and wax floors.
  • Operated janitorial equipment properly and safely.
  • Provide excellent customer service when interacting with visitors by responding to requests and offering necessary information.

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