Custodian Job Description

WHAT DO CUSTODIANS DO?

Custodians, also known as janitors, keep buildings clean. Custodians work to make sure that all types of buildings are neat, clean, free from clutter and safe. Custodians spend their days picking up trash, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, or using industrial cleaning equipment to clean floors, cleaning and stocking bathrooms, making sure buildings are secure, cleaning windows, and minor building maintenance and repairs.

while the majority of custodians only work inside buildings, some might have to keep lawns or sidewalks clean, mowing grass, tending to ornamental gardens, raking leaves or shoveling snow.

HOW MUCH DO CUSTODIANS MAKE?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median hourly income for custodians is $10.68, or $22,210 a year.

WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?

There are no education requirements, and most of your learning will be done on-the-job. There is certification available through the Building Service Contractors Association International and the International Sanitary Supply Association.

JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Interpersonal Skills: Most likely, you will be working with a team of other custodians. Many custodians work during the day, while company employees are working. Being friendly and pleasant will help you in your job.
  • Mechanical Skills: Custodians need to understand how to work industrial equipment like floor buffers, industrial floor washers, and fix small building problems, like leaky faucets or faulty light switches.
  • Strength and Stamina: You will need to lift heavy objects and spend most of your time on your feet.

THE FUTURE OF CUSTODIANS

The need for custodians will be steady through 2020, according to the BLS. Jobs for janitors and custodians will grow 11% over that time period, which is average for all jobs over that time.