If you’ve ever thought being Carl the Janitor sounded like a pretty decent job, perhaps you’d make a good school custodian. Of course, we’re not condoning eavesdropping on students or rummaging through their lockers. It’s also perhaps not as easy as it sounds either, since there are a lot of responsibilities. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect out of a school janitor job.
Qualifications and Salary
When it comes to qualifications, there aren’t all that many. You likely don’t need any formal education to land a job as a school custodian. However, you will likely need to pass background checks. Also, having some shop knowledge can help when it comes to repairing things around the campus.
It also helps to have former custodial work under your belt, though you can typically learn on the job. Additionally, there are certifications available as well which can make you a more appealing candidate. These can be obtained through the International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) or the International Executive Housekeepers Association.
The average salary is around $18,400 to $20,000 a year.
Responsibilities and Required Skills
Working as a school custodian means you’re responsible for ensuring classrooms and common spaces are kept tidy. That means taking out trash, dusting, mopping floors, and vacuuming – just for starters. Bathrooms will also have to be thoroughly cleaned, which means sanitizing toilets, showers, and sinks and restocking disposable items. And yes, you’ll have to wash windows, too.
Maintaining the appearance of a clean school can be quite a tiresome job. It requires a lot of physical activity and being up on your feet quite a bit. You’ll need to be in good shape and have a decent amount of physical strength and stamina.
Additional School Custodian Requirements
You’ll also need to have good time management and interpersonal skills. Maintaining good relations with supervisors and other staff members is quite important, as is completing tasks in a timely manner.
The job requires a lot of hard work, attention to detail, and basic knowledge of industrial cleaning equipment and supplies. Basic landscaping knowledge is also considered an asset.
Ideally, you’ll also possess mechanical skills like being able to make minor repairs. You should also be quick to develop a good understanding of building operations, including security protocols.