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Become A Custodian/Substitute Custodian

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Working As A Custodian/Substitute Custodian

  • 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 Custodian/Substitute Custodian Do At Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

To perform routine custodial duties in the sports and recreation center, Union, academic and administrative buildings by maintaining overall cleanliness of assigned areas

How To Become A Custodian/Substitute Custodian

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


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.


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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Custodian/Substitute Custodian Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Bulgarian

  • French

  • Russian

  • Polish

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Top Skills for A Custodian/Substitute Custodian


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Top Custodian/Substitute Custodian Skills

  1. Classroom Floors
  2. Bathroom Fixtures
  3. Disinfect Restrooms
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Substitute custodian -service ,clean, supply restrooms -clean classroom floors by sweeping ,mopping,scrubbing , or vacuuming.
  • Clean all areas of the school by emptying trash, sweeping, mopping, scrubbing bathroom fixtures and using floor scrubbers.
  • Clean, dust, and disinfect restrooms along with removing trash and waste.
  • Sweep and mop floors, operate cleaning equipment, was windows and preform small repairs.
  • Clean classrooms, offices, cafeterias and other areas of assigned school sites or District facilities.

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