Specialized Cleaners

(NOC 6732)

in All Sales and Service

Specialized cleaners clean and refurbish building exteriors, carpets, chimneys, industrial equipment, ventilation systems, windows and other surfaces, using specialized equipment and techniques. They work for specialized cleaning service companies or they may be self-employed.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 40 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Sales and Service

  • Estimate -505 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 6125 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Specialized Cleaners most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 39% of Specialized Cleaners who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $32,084. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$12.95

Minimum

$13.00

Median

$17.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$3,209

Minimum

$20,266

Median

$40,713

Maximum

Compared to: All Sales and Service

Hourly Pay

$12.55

Minimum

$18.36

Median

$22.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,949

Minimum

$16,629

Median

$45,086

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Specialized cleaners clean and refurbish building exteriors, carpets, chimneys, industrial equipment, ventilation systems, windows and other surfaces, using specialized equipment and techniques. They work for specialized cleaning service companies or they may be self-employed.

Job duties

Carpet and upholstery cleaners:

  • Use cleaning machines to clean carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture on customers' locations or in carpet and upholstery cleaning shops.

Chimney cleaners:

  • Clean soot and creosote from chimneys and fireplaces using hand tools and industrial vacuum cleaners.

Furnace and ventilation system cleaners:

  • Clean ducts, vents and filters of furnaces in residences and commercial buildings using hand tools and industrial vacuum cleaners.

Sandblasters:

  • Clean building exteriors, tanks, chimneys and industrial equipment using sandblasting, pressurized steam or hydro blasting equipment.

Vehicle cleaners:

  • Clean cars, buses, streetcars, railway cars and subway cars.

Window cleaners:

  • Wash and clean windows and other glass surfaces in low-rise and high-rise buildings.

Sample job titles

  • auto detailer
  • building exterior cleaner
  • carpet cleaner
  • chimney cleaner
  • freight car cleaner
  • furnace cleaner
  • laboratory equipment cleaner
  • sandblaster
  • septic tank cleaner
  • upholstery cleaner
  • ventilation system cleaner
  • window cleaner

Skills

You should have good health, physical stamina, and manual dexterity. You must also be able to work on your own and carry out instructions given by a supervisor.

Job requirements

  • There are no specific education requirements for jobs in this group.
  • Completion of high school may be required.
  • On-the-job training is usually provided.
  • Experience in a related position may be required for some jobs in this group.

Other considerations

Some jobs in this group require cleaning and maintenance experience. Movement to supervisory cleaning positions is possible with additional training or experience. Workers are often expected to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,210

employed in 2016

70.7%

employed full-time

9.9%

self employed

18.6%
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81.4%
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34.4

median age

Compared to: All Sales and Service

102,605

employed in 2016

56.4%

employed full-time

5.8%

self employed

60.1%
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39.9%
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37

median age

Where will I likely work?

42.3%

Halifax

17.8%

Annapolis Valley

14.9%

Southern

14.9%

North Shore

10.0%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

36.5%

Retail trade

23.2%

Other services (except public administration)

16.6%

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

6.1%

Real estate and rental and leasing

5.0%

Wholesale trade

What is the age of Employment?

33.0%

15-24

21.0%

45-54

17.0%

25-34

15.0%

35-44

11.0%

55-64

3.0%

65+

Compared to: All Sales and Service

30.0%

15-24

17.2%

45-54

17.2%

25-34

16.1%

55-64

13.8%

35-44

Top levels of education

45.9%

High school

$21,133 median annual income
24.4%

Less than high school

$19,648 median annual income
14.5%

College Diploma

$16,370 median annual income
9.9%

Apprenticeship

$22,843 median annual income
2.9%

Bachelor

N/A

Compared to: All Sales and Service

39.8%

High school

$15,705 median annual income
19.7%

Less than high school

$9,866 median annual income
19.5%

College Diploma

$20,644 median annual income
9.9%

Bachelor

$21,262 median annual income
8.0%

Apprenticeship

$21,234 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Septic Tank Cleaners

Certificate of Qualification (Mandatory): This job is a regulated designated trade in Nova Scotia. Certification is required to legally do this work.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Department of Environment
PO Box 442
Halifax, NS B3J 2P8
(902) 424-3600
(902) 424-0503
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Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.