A high school diploma is generally requested by employers, and high school shop courses are helpful to have. Most janitors learn on the job, and beginners typically work with a more experienced janitor to start, learning the scheduled routine and the various tasks involved.

Good communication skills are needed to interact with people, and an ability to understand machinery and use it safely is also important. Basic arithmetic skills and an ability to read and write well will be required for carrying out light administrative work.

What are Janitors like?


Based on our pool of users, Janitors tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Janitors by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 1354 Sokanu users

Are Janitors happy?


Janitors rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 1st percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Janitor Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Janitors

The most common degree held by Janitors is Psychology. 2% of Janitors had a degree in Psychology before becoming Janitors. That is over 0 times the average across all careers. English Literature graduates are the second most common among Janitors, representing 1% of Janitors in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.3 times the average.

Janitor Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Janitor, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Janitors % of population Multiple
Psychology 1.7% 6.9% 0.2×
English Literature 1.4% 4.9% 0.3×
Liberal Arts 1.4% 1.9% 0.7×
Business Management And Administration 1.3% 6.5% 0.2×
Fine Arts 1.1% 2.0% 0.6×
Accounting 1.1% 1.7% 0.6×
Computer Science 1.1% 2.8% 0.4×

Janitor Education Levels

72% of Janitors have a high school diploma. 19% of Janitors have a no education.

No education 19%
High school diploma 72%
Associate's degree 0%
Bachelor's degree 7%
Master's degree 1%
Doctorate degree 1%

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