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How to Get a Hospital Cleaning Job

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Cleaning jobs are among the most commonly available in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you have a hospital cleaning job, it will be your responsibility to make sure the different areas of the building stay cleaned and sanitized. Your job duties may include floor cleaning, removing garbage from rooms, changing bedding and cleaning patient bathrooms. To get most hospital cleaning jobs, you don’t need a college degree, but you should have a plan of action in mind.

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Finish high school. Although the hospital may not require any college work, they may wish for the cleaning workers that they hire to hold a high school diploma or an equivalent, such as a GED.

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Work as a cleaner in a non-hospital setting. Many hospitals will look to hire cleaning workers that have a background in housekeeping or that have worked in other large buildings performing maintenance duties. Some places to try include schools, libraries, office buildings, residential homes and shopping centers. Although entry level cleaning workers are often considered for open positions, you can improve your chances of getting the job if you have experience.

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Call the human resources department of area hospitals to inquire about staff openings. If the hospital has a website, they may post openings there as well.

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Complete applications for hospital cleaning jobs. Send in your resume or fill out an online application provided by the hospital website. Highlight any specialized knowledge you might have that could give you a leg up over the competition. This may include the ability to operate industrial cleaning equipment or the ability to safely handle contaminated materials. If you are interviewed, make sure you point out these skills as well.

2016 Salary Information for Janitors and Building Cleaners

Janitors and building cleaners earned a median annual salary of $24,190 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, janitors and building cleaners earned a 25th percentile salary of $20,000, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $31,490, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 2,384,600 people were employed in the U.S. as janitors and building cleaners.