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JANITOR, IN-DEPTH: The Best Part Is That I Can Work By Myself

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Melvin works as a Janitor. He shares what he likes most about his work and
energetically talks about his biggest challenge on the job. Starting a family was key to putting Melvin where he is today and he says there's plenty of opportunity to find work in this field.

Job Title: Janitor

Job Summary: Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

Job Description

Janitors and building cleaning workers keep office buildings, schools, hospitals, retail stores, hotels, and other places clean, sanitary, and in good condition. Some do only cleaning, while others have a wide range of outside duties, including mowing lawns, sweeping walkways, or shoveling snow. Some janitors also monitor the heating and cooling system, ensuring that it functions properly, and may be responsible for repairing small problems with electricity or plumbing, such as leaky faucets.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Most janitors and building cleaners learn on the job. Beginners typically work with a more experienced janitor or cleaner, learning how to use and maintain machines, such as wet-and-dry vacuums and floor buffers and polishers. They may also learn on the job how to repair minor problems with the electricity or plumbing.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Building Service Contractors Association International and the International Sanitary Supply Association.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$15,000 - $36,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Remote, Hospital / Clinic, Office, Indoor, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
People skills, Strength/stamina, Technical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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<span m='12800'>that,</span> <span m='12960'>whatever</span> <span m='13310'>I</span> <span m='13330'>need</span> <span m='13510'>to</span> <span m='13620'>take</span> <span m='13870'>care of.</span> <span m='14760'>I can put</span> <span m='15250'>my headphones</span> <span m='15440'>in</span> <span m='15810'>and</span> <span m='15970'>listen to</span> <span m='16219'>my</span> <span m='16300'>music.</span> </p><p><span m='17070'>And</span> <span m='17210'>I</span> <span m='17260'>could</span> <span m='17400'>just</span> <span m='17600'>go</span> <span m='17780'>from</span> <span m='17970'>there.</span> <span m='18790'>I</span> <span m='18880'>could</span> <span m='19060'>do</span> <span m='19170'>my</span> <span m='19320'>job</span> <span m='19640'>as</span> <span m='19860'>the same time</span> <span m='20000'>and just</span> <span m='20590'>think</span> <span m='20790'>about</span> <span m='21260'>everything</span> <span m='21670'>I need</span> <span m='21780'>to</span> <span m='21900'>take</span> <span m='22120'>care</span> <span m='22450'>of,</span> <span m='23110'>what</span> <span m='23370'>dinner</span> <span m='23580'>I'm</span> <span m='23730'>making</span> <span m='24130'>tonight</span> <span m='24440'>when</span> <span m='24570'>I</span> <span m='24680'>come</span> <span m='24930'>home,</span> <span m='27290'>what</span> <span m='28080'>time</span> <span m='28370'>to put</span> <span m='28620'>the</span> <span m='28700'>kids in</span> <span m='28970'>the</span> <span m='29180'>tub,</span> <span m='31080'>what</span> <span m='31910'>homework</span> <span m='32340'>they're</span> <span m='32460'>going</span> <span m='32580'>to</span> <span m='32630'>have</span> <span m='32890'>tonight so</span> <span m='33190'>I</span> <span m='33280'>can</span> <span m='33410'>try</span> <span m='33530'>to</span> <span m='33590'>prepare</span> <span m='33950'>myself,</span> <span m='34690'>get</span> <span m='34910'>on</span> <span m='35050'>Google</span> <span m='35640'>or</span> <span m='35770'>something</span> <span m='36030'>like</span> <span m='36270'>that.</span> <span m='37230'>Things</span> <span m='37490'>line</span> <span m='37780'>that.</span> <span m='37940'>So</span> <span m='38730'>the</span> <span m='38810'>best</span> <span m='39040'>part,</span> <span m='39450'>I can</span> <span m='39530'>work</span> <span m='39820'>by</span> <span m='39920'>myself.</span> </p><p><span m='41060'>And</span> <span m='41170'>my</span> <span m='41330'>boss,</span> <span m='42580'>that--</span> <span m='44480'>I</span> <span m='44600'>can't</span> <span m='44850'>say</span> <span m='45050'>what</span> <span m='45190'>I</span> <span m='45210'>want</span> <span m='45390'>to</span> <span m='45430'>say</span> <span m='45680'>right</span> <span m='45980'>now.</span> <span m='46740'>He's</span> <span m='46820'>not</span> <span m='47450'>cool.</span> <span m='48070'>And</span> <span m='48210'>the</span> <span m='48280'>guy,</span> <span m='49000'>he</span> <span m='49300'>cuts</span> <span m='49510'>my</span> <span m='49670'>hours,</span> <span m='50410'>and</span> <span m='50560'>this</span> <span m='50850'>and that,</span> <span m='51150'>and</span> <span m='51470'>plays</span> <span m='51690'>around,</span> <span m='52150'>want</span> <span m='52260'>to</span> <span m='52310'>write</span> <span m='52570'>you</span> <span m='52830'>up over little</span> <span m='53330'>things.</span> <span m='53780'>That's</span> <span m='54010'>the</span> <span m='54090'>worst</span> <span m='54340'>part,</span> <span m='54540'>my boss,</span> <span m='55210'>my boss.</span> <span m='56090'>Other</span> <span m='56300'>than</span> <span m='56450'>that,</span> <span m='59070'>probably</span> <span m='59480'>cleaning</span> <span m='59870'>toilets.</span> </p><p><span m='61730'>Having</span> <span m='62030'>a</span> <span m='62090'>daughter,</span> <span m='63010'>so</span> <span m='63200'>I</span> <span m='63320'>had</span> <span m='63440'>to</span> <span m='63510'>do</span> <span m='63630'>what</span> <span m='63760'>I</span> <span m='63820'>got</span> <span m='63950'>to</span> <span m='64030'>do.</span> <span m='64950'>So</span> <span m='66220'>I had</span> <span m='66520'>a</span> <span m='66620'>newborn</span> <span m='66890'>daughter.</span> <span m='68850'>She's</span> <span m='69590'>six</span> <span m='69870'>years</span> <span m='70110'>old</span> <span m='70310'>now,</span> <span m='70560'>but</span> <span m='71530'>every</span> <span m='72360'>time</span> <span m='72570'>she</span> <span m='72700'>comes</span> <span m='73000'>home,</span> <span m='73680'>I've got</span> <span m='74170'>to</span> <span m='74300'>take</span> <span m='74530'>my</span> <span m='74660'>own</span> <span m='74930'>work</span> <span m='75235'>clothes</span> <span m='75540'>off</span> <span m='75840'>and this</span> <span m='76000'>and that.</span> <span m='77080'>I</span> <span m='77510'>don't want</span> <span m='77680'>her to</span> <span m='77900'>smell</span> <span m='78160'>me or</span> <span m='78440'>chemicals</span> <span m='78795'>and</span> <span m='79150'>this and</span> <span m='79600'>that,</span> <span m='80170'>or</span> <span m='80330'>be</span> <span m='80530'>embarrassed</span> <span m='81100'>when</span> <span m='81220'>I</span> <span m='81260'>come</span> <span m='81490'>to her</span> <span m='81680'>school</span> <span m='82090'>and</span> <span m='82170'>I</span> <span m='82200'>have</span> <span m='82430'>a</span> <span m='82490'>janitor</span> <span m='82930'>uniform</span> <span m='83560'>on.</span> <span m='84420'>So</span> <span m='85130'>I'm</span> <span m='85730'>pretty</span> <span m='85960'>much,</span> <span m='86290'>I</span> <span m='86640'>just</span> <span m='86910'>do</span> <span m='87020'>it</span> <span m='87110'>for her and</span> <span m='87520'>my</span> <span m='87640'>wife.</span> </p><p><span m='88400'>Not</span> <span m='88650'>really,</span> <span m='88920'>in</span> <span m='89000'>San</span> <span m='89350'>Francisco</span> <span m='89780'>there's</span> <span m='89880'>a</span> <span m='89940'>lot</span> <span m='90150'>opportunities,</span> <span m='90980'>lot of</span> <span m='91220'>opportunities.</span> <span m='92580'>So</span> <span m='93520'>right</span> <span m='93730'>now</span> <span m='94260'>I'm</span> <span m='94470'>at</span> <span m='95280'>a</span> <span m='95430'>company</span> <span m='95980'>in</span> <span m='96170'>the</span> <span m='96500'>Tenderloin</span> <span m='96990'>district,</span> <span m='97660'>to</span> <span m='97740'>where</span> <span m='98080'>it's</span> <span m='98540'>a</span> <span m='98590'>nonprofit</span> <span m='99120'>organization,</span> <span m='99980'>but</span> <span m='100360'>they</span> <span m='100930'>pay</span> <span m='101390'>all</span> <span m='101550'>right.</span> <span m='101760'>You</span> <span m='101830'>know,</span> <span m='102000'>benefits,</span> <span m='102620'>everything.</span> <span m='103900'>I</span> <span m='103980'>start</span> <span m='104390'>13 an</span> <span m='104780'>hour,</span> <span m='106410'>and they</span> <span m='106650'>give</span> <span m='107430'>raises</span> <span m='107980'>every</span> <span m='108610'>year.</span> <span m='110060'>So</span> <span m='111720'>I'm</span> <span m='111870'>just</span> <span m='112160'>grateful</span> <span m='112660'>right</span> <span m='112880'>now</span> <span m='113070'>having</span> <span m='113320'>work.</span> <span m='113650'>Because</span> <span m='113740'>right</span> <span m='113970'>now</span> <span m='114200'>if</span> <span m='114370'>you're</span> <span m='114660'>out of</span> <span m='114910'>work,</span> <span m='115900'>it's</span> <span m='116090'>hard</span> <span m='116300'>to</span> <span m='116360'>find</span> <span m='116670'>work.</span> <span m='117270'>So</span> <span m='117580'>I'm just</span> <span m='117910'>grateful.</span> </p><p><span m='118670'>Pretty</span> <span m='118920'>much</span> <span m='119120'>the</span> <span m='119190'>same old</span> <span m='119490'>routine</span> <span m='120130'>day</span> <span m='120340'>by</span> <span m='120580'>day.</span> <span m='121410'>I</span> <span m='121510'>get</span> <span m='121690'>up</span> <span m='121840'>early</span> <span m='122090'>in</span> <span m='122140'>the</span> <span m='122200'>morning,</span> <span m='122660'>kiss</span> <span m='122880'>my</span> <span m='122980'>wife and</span> <span m='123250'>my</span> <span m='123410'>baby</span> <span m='123680'>goodbye,</span> <span m='124090'>make</span> <span m='124330'>sure</span> <span m='124470'>they're</span> <span m='124630'>all</span> <span m='124840'>right</span> <span m='125590'>and</span> <span m='126010'>send</span> <span m='126270'>them</span> <span m='126420'>off</span> <span m='126540'>to</span> <span m='126630'>school.</span> <span m='127310'>Everything's</span> <span m='127620'>good.</span> <span m='128020'>I have</span> <span m='128310'>their</span> <span m='128419'>clothes</span> <span m='128789'>and</span> <span m='128889'>everything</span> <span m='129280'>packed</span> <span m='129520'>the</span> <span m='129590'>night</span> <span m='129800'>before.</span> <span m='130199'>My</span> <span m='130330'>wife</span> <span m='130639'>is</span> <span m='130810'>fed.</span> <span m='131200'>I cook</span> <span m='131470'>dinner.</span> <span m='131820'>I</span> <span m='131860'>do the</span> <span m='132030'>laundry</span> <span m='133040'>and</span> <span m='133210'>everything.</span> </p><p><span m='133820'>So</span> <span m='133950'>everyone's</span> <span m='134350'>taken</span> <span m='134600'>care</span> <span m='134970'>of.</span> <span m='135330'>I</span> <span m='135470'>go</span> <span m='135640'>do</span> <span m='135830'>my</span> <span m='136080'>eight</span> <span m='136240'>hours,</span> <span m='136630'>and</span> <span m='136720'>I'm</span> <span m='136830'>back</span> <span m='137080'>home</span> <span m='137450'>to</span> <span m='137780'>meet</span> <span m='138070'>them</span> <span m='138170'>when</span> <span m='138270'>they</span> <span m='138320'>get</span> <span m='138480'>off</span> <span m='138620'>school.</span> <span m='138900'>My</span> <span m='139000'>wife,</span> <span m='139470'>she</span> <span m='139650'>goes</span> <span m='140160'>to</span> <span m='140320'>City</span> <span m='140590'>College</span> <span m='141000'>also</span> <span m='141380'>full</span> <span m='141670'>time.</span> <span m='142070'>But</span> <span m='142450'>when</span> <span m='142580'>she</span> <span m='142700'>gets</span> <span m='142930'>back,</span> <span m='143830'>dinner and</span> <span m='144210'>everything's</span> <span m='144590'>right</span> <span m='144820'>back,</span> <span m='145080'>same</span> <span m='145330'>routine</span> <span m='145700'>every</span> <span m='145900'>day.</span> 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