WHAT DO PORTERS DO?
Porters do a bit of everything to keep businesses running cleanly and smoothly. Similar to custodians and janitors, porters work to make sure that all types of buildings are neat, clean, free from clutter and safe. Custodians spend their days picking up trash, sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, or using industrial cleaning equipment to clean floors, cleaning and stocking bathrooms. In addition, porters might run errands for employees, deliver items, move stock, or anything else that employees might need.
HOW MUCH DO PORTERS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median hourly income for custodians (similar to porter) is $10.68, or $22,210 a year.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
There are no education requirements, and most of your learning will be done on-the-job.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Interpersonal Skills: Many porters work during regular office hours, while company employees are working. Being friendly and pleasant will help you in your job.
- Mechanical Skills: Porters need to understand how to work industrial equipment like floor buffers, industrial floor washers, and fix small building problems, like leaky faucets or faulty light switches.
- Strength and Stamina: You will need to lift heavy objects and spend most of your time on your feet.
THE FUTURE OF PORTERS
The need for custodians will be steady through 2020, according to the BLS.