What does a maid do?
Maids perform a variety of cleaning duties for private households, hotels, hospitals, restaurants, nursing homes, and many other establishments. They sweep, mop, and wax floors; dust and polish furniture; clean bathrooms; and clean a variety of appliances such as ovens and refrigerators. They also change and make beds, wash dishes, and perform laundry tasks. Some maids perform personal errands for private clients such as buying groceries and taking clothing to the cleaners. Maids that work in hotels often deliver items to guest rooms such as additional pillows and blankets and rollaway beds. Those that work in hospitals clean bed frames, make beds, and sanitize equipment and supplies. Maids use many different types of cleansing agents and equipment depending on the cleaning requirements.
What kind of training does a maid need?
There are typically no formal training requirements for maids, but many employers prefer applicants with at least a high school diploma. Upscale hotels and other facilities often prefer maids with sufficient work experience. Maids typically learn their skills on the job. Some employers provide informal training sessions. New maids usually follow experienced workers and perform routine tasks. They move on to more complex independent duties as they gain the necessary skills and experience. Maids learn how to clean thoroughly and proficiently and how to choose and safely use many different cleansing agents. They also learn how to operate a variety of machines such as vacuums and buffers. Maids complete additional training as needed throughout out their careers.
What are the prospects for a career as a maid?
Employment of maids is expected to grow more slowly than average for all professions, increasing 6% from 2008 to 2018 (1). The growing population and increase in accommodations services will create some job growth.
Job prospects should be good especially for maids with extensive experience. Many job openings will stem from the need to replace maids that leave the occupation.
How much do maids make?
As of February 2010, maids with 1 to 4 years experience earn average annual salaries between $12,657 and $31,724. Those with 5 to 9 years experience earn average annual salaries between $14,279 and $43,236 (2).
A career as a maid is a great choice for people with a strong interest in performing a variety of cleaning services for individuals and organizations. Maids must have a solid understanding of the necessary cleaning policies and procedures of their employer. Patience, dependability, and ability to perform repetitive tasks are essential characteristics. Maids must have good communication and interpersonal skills to be able to get along with a variety of other people. They must be able to effectively follow directions and work as part of a team.