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Building Custodians

Building Custodians - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, janitors:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social interaction. Janitors talk to supervisors, but spend much of their time alone.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of those who live and work in the spaces they clean.
  • May work as part of a team.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other janitors.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often work indoors. May occasionally work outdoors.
  • Are sometimes exposed to contaminants, such as cleaning solutions.
  • May be exposed to diseases and infections.
  • Sometimes wear protective clothing, such as gloves.
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  • May work close to others, such as when a client is home or in the office during cleaning times.

Work Performance

  • Must accurately complete all details of a job.
  • Usually make decisions and set tasks and goals under the guidance of a supervisor.
  • Repeat the same physical tasks.


  • May work part time or full time. Schedules are usually regular.
  • May work weekends and evenings.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.