We surveyed 5,286 janitors to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical janitor. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a janitor?

Low

High

Working as a janitor typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that janitors are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become a janitor?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a janitor typically depends predominantly on qualities you’re born with, with a small aspect of skills you can learn.

Is it easy to get a job as a janitor?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a janitor. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for janitors.

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Do janitors work full-time or part-time?

34% of janitors work in full-time roles while 66% work part-time.

Is being a janitor stressful?

Low

High

Janitors tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a janitor?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a janitor.

Does being a janitor require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for janitors.

Are janitors allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Janitors rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do janitors have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Janitors tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a janitor physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a janitor requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are janitors exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

Janitors tend to have a monotonous work routine, with little variety in their day-to-day tasks.

Does being a janitor require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a janitor.

Does being a good janitor require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

The ability to be compassion and empathetic isn't considered fundamental to success as a janitor.