Hospital environmental technicians work in hospitals, following environmental guidelines to ensure a safe and sanitized facility.
Most hospitals require that these technicians have a high school diploma or GED. Some hospitals may require previous cleaning experience.
Basic skills required include the ability to read, write and understand the English language. Other skills required include the ability to lift, move or carry up to 50 pounds, because the position involves the use of cleaning equipment and machinery.
A hospital environmental tech cleans and maintains an assigned area of a hospital, following environmental guidelines and procedures. She also makes beds and cleans patient rooms.
Most hospital environmental techs use heavy equipment and machinery to clean, polish and sanitize floors and carpets on a rotating basis. They also keep equipment and supply storage areas clean and organized.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, average salaries for hospital environmental techs range from $17,690 to $20,000 a year (May 2006 data).
Hospital environmental techs working full-time for a hospital can expect good benefits. In most cases, they may have the option to work different shifts, as most hospital require cleaning between 7 a.m. and midnight.