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Working As An Utility Porter

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

  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Utility Porter 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 An Utility Porter

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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Average Length of Employment
Casino Porter 3.0 years
Utility Porter 3.0 years
Building Attendant 2.4 years
Day Porter 2.2 years
Cleaning Porter 2.1 years
Porter 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Utility Porter
Porter 13.4%
Cashier 10.9%
Janitor 4.6%
Custodian 4.2%
Driver 4.2%
Stocker 3.4%
Cook 2.9%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Careers After Utility Porter
Porter 15.0%
Cashier 6.5%
Cleaner 5.5%
Assistant 5.0%
Janitor 3.5%
Custodian 3.0%
Packer 3.0%
Owner 3.0%

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Top Skills for An Utility Porter

  1. Casino Floor
  2. Kitchen Equipment
  3. Restroom Facilities
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain the up keep of all the marble in the hotel rooms and casino floors.
  • Cleaned and sanitized restroom facilities and fixtures; Replenished supplies in the restrooms as needed.
  • Follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment to prevent damage to floors and fixtures.
  • Replenished supplies, such as drinking glasses, linens, writing supplies, and bathroom i.
  • Cleaned elevators, glass, and planters in public areas such as the lobby, pool, and public restrooms.

Utility Porter Demographics

Gender

Male

73.9%

Female

14.1%

Unknown

12.1%
Ethnicity

White

51.4%

Hispanic or Latino

28.6%

Black or African American

10.2%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.9%

Polish

7.7%

Arabic

7.7%

French

7.7%
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Utility Porter Education

Schools

College of Southern Nevada

26.7%

University of Phoenix

10.0%

The Academy

6.7%

Delaware State University

5.0%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

5.0%

Long Beach City College

5.0%

Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

3.3%

Delaware Technical and Community College

3.3%

A-Technical College

3.3%

Strayer University

3.3%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.3%

Culinary Academy of Austin

3.3%

Delaware Technical and Community College - Terry

3.3%

Apex Technical School

3.3%

The Academy of Healing Arts

3.3%

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

3.3%

ITT Technical Institute-Henderson

3.3%

Lincoln Technical Institute

1.7%

Pima Community College

1.7%

San Joaquin Valley College

1.7%
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Majors

Business

24.4%

General Studies

8.4%

Hospitality Management

6.7%

Medical Assisting Services

5.9%

Electrical Engineering

5.9%

Ethnic, Gender And Minority Studies

4.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.2%

Heating And Air Conditioning

4.2%

Accounting

4.2%

Culinary Arts

3.4%

Drafting And Design

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.4%

Management

3.4%

Education

3.4%

Sociology

2.5%

Psychology

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Computer Science

2.5%

Graphic Design

2.5%

Kinesiology

2.5%
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Degrees

Other

49.2%

Associate

15.7%

Bachelors

13.2%

Certificate

11.2%

Diploma

5.6%

Masters

4.6%

License

0.5%
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