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Janitors, caretakers and building superintendents clean and maintain the interior and exterior of commercial, institutional and residential buildings and their surrounding grounds. Building superintendents employed in large establishments are responsible for the operation of the establishment and may also supervise other workers. They are employed by office and apartment building management companies, condominium corporations, educational institutions, health care facilities, recreational and shopping facilities, religious establishments, and industrial and other establishments.
building caretaker, building superintendent, custodian, handyman/woman, heavy-duty cleaner, industrial cleaner, plant cleaner, school janitor.
- Operate industrial vacuum cleaners to remove scraps, dirt, heavy debris and other refuse
- Wash windows, interior walls and ceilings
- Empty trash cans and other waste containers
- Sweep, mop, scrub and wax hallways, floors and stairs
- Clean snow and ice from walkways and parking areas
- Cut grass and tend grounds
- Clean and disinfect washrooms and fixtures
- Make adjustments and minor repairs to heating, cooling, ventilating, plumbing and electrical systems, and contact tradespersons for major repairs
- Perform other routine maintenance jobs such as painting and drywall repair
- May water and tend to plants
- May move heavy furniture, equipment and supplies
- Ensure that security and safety measures are in place in the establishment
- May advertise vacancies, show apartments and offices to prospective tenants and collect rent
- May supervise other workers.
Outlook & Prospects for Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents in Annapolis Valley Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Annapolis Valley Region||2012-01-25|
Currently the chances of qualified Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents finding employment are considered to be good in the local area. The main reason why the employment potential is Good in the local area is that there is a significant number of advertised job openings, a large number of potential employers and a relatively high turnover rate. This is tempered slightly by the low educational requirements for this type of work which increases the potential supply. The majority of opportunities within this occupation are for contract work or as a self-employment opportunity. The demand for this occupation in the education and health setting is stable (unionized) though there is a tendency in schools for shifts in where employment is located based on enrolment changes which determine funding levels. There is also an increasing trend to contract out this type of work, creating more demand but usually at lower pay with fewer benefits. Workers in these occupations are often required to work evening and night shifts. Many of the people employed in this occupation often receive some training on site.
There may also be some increased demand due to the significant rise in large multi-unit residential developments within the valley area.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
Additional information on Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents (opportunities in other areas, training, who hires, current job openings, statistics and other information), is available on other parts of this web site.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013
- A sea cadet training contract in the Cornwallis Park will result in employment for about 180 workers for 10 weeks over each of the next there summers
Week of Dec 03 – Dec 07, 2012
- Overall residential sales activity in October 2012 in the Annapolis Valley region was down compared to October 2011, according to the Annapolis Valley Real Estate Board
Week of Sep 17 – Sep 21, 2012
- The Wolfville Magic Winery Bus tour was recently launched
- The Acadia Tidal Energy Institute has officially been launched at Acadia University
Week of Jul 30 – Aug 03, 2012
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