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Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners - 37-2011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. Perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. Duties may include tending furnace and boiler, performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Building Custodian
  • Building Services Technician (Building Services Tech)
  • Building Services Worker
  • Cleaner
  • Custodial Worker
  • Custodian
  • Facilities Worker
  • Heavy Duty Custodian
  • Janitor
  • School Custodian

SOC Occupation Groups

37-0000 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations
37-2000 Building Cleaning and Pest Control Workers
37-2010 Building Cleaning Workers
37-2011.00 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

Related Occupations


  • Clean and polish furniture and fixtures.
  • Clean and restore building interiors damaged by fire, smoke, or water, using commercial cleaning equipment.
  • Clean building floors by sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, or vacuuming.
  • Clean chimneys, flues, and connecting pipes, using power or hand tools.
  • Clean laboratory equipment, such as glassware or metal instruments, using solvents, brushes, rags, or power cleaning equipment.
  • Clean windows, glass partitions, or mirrors, using soapy water or other cleaners, sponges, or squeegees.
  • Drive vans, industrial trucks, or other vehicles required to travel to, or to perform, cleaning work.
  • Dust furniture, walls, machines, or equipment.
  • Follow procedures for the use of chemical cleaners and power equipment to prevent damage to floors and fixtures.
  • Gather and empty trash.
  • Make adjustments or minor repairs to heating, cooling, ventilating, plumbing, or electrical systems.
  • Mix water and detergents or acids in containers to prepare cleaning solutions, according to specifications.
  • Monitor building security and safety by performing tasks such as locking doors after operating hours or checking electrical appliance use to ensure that hazards are not created.
  • Move heavy furniture, equipment, or supplies, either manually or with hand trucks.
  • Mow or trim lawns or shrubbery, using mowers or hand or power trimmers, and clear debris from grounds.
  • Notify managers concerning the need for major repairs or additions to building operating systems.
  • Remove snow from sidewalks, driveways, or parking areas, using snowplows, snow blowers, or snow shovels, or spread snow-melting chemicals.
  • Requisition supplies or equipment needed for cleaning and maintenance duties.
  • Service, clean, or supply restrooms.
  • Set up, arrange, or remove decorations, tables, chairs, ladders, or scaffolding to prepare facilities for events, such as banquets or meetings.
  • Spray insecticides or fumigants to prevent insect or rodent infestation.
  • Steam-clean or shampoo carpets.
  • Strip, seal, finish, and polish floors.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean building walls or flooring.
  • Clean equipment or supplies.
  • Clean facilities or sites.
  • Clean furniture or fixtures.
  • Confer with coworkers to coordinate maintenance or cleaning activities.
  • Decorate indoor or outdoor spaces.
  • Dispose of trash or waste materials.
  • Drive trucks or other vehicles to or at work sites.
  • Maintain equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.
  • Monitor building premises to ensure occupant or visitor safety.
  • Move furniture.
  • Operate grounds maintenance equipment.
  • Prepare chemicals for work application.
  • Remove debris from work sites.
  • Remove snow.
  • Select equipment, materials, or supplies for cleaning or maintenance activities.
  • Treat facilities to eliminate pests.
  • Trim trees or other vegetation.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Barracks and Grounds Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Food Service Attendant (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Marine Aide (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Chimney Sweep
  • Multi-Story Window/Build
  • Swimming-Pool Servicer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Change-House Attendant
  • Chimney Sweep
  • Cleaner, Commercial or Institutional
  • Cleaner, Home Restoration Service
  • Cleaner, Industrial
  • Cleaner, Laboratory Equipment
  • Cleaner, Wall
  • Cleaner, Window
  • Janitor
  • Multi-Story Window/Building Exterior Cleaner
  • Patch Worker
  • Project-Crew Worker
  • Sexton
  • Sweeper-Cleaner, Industrial
  • Swimming-Pool Servicer
  • Waxer, Floor