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ERIC Number: EJ912040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0199-4786
House Work: Jobs in Residential Upkeep
Bierer, Amy
Occupational Outlook Quarterly, v54 n4 p22-27 Win 2010-2011
For many people, domestic bliss does not involve cleaning, home repairs, or yard work. That doesn't mean that their vision of a happy home involves a dirty, broken-down house with an unkempt yard. It simply means that they prefer to pay others to do the grittier tasks of residential upkeep. And in doing so, they create employment opportunities for the care and cleaning of homes. This article highlights three occupations--handy-persons, maids and housekeepers, and landscaping and groundskeeping workers--that involve specific types of house calls. These occupations may not be at the top of every jobseeker's choice careers, but they offer some advantages. In general, entering these occupations requires little formal education, and paid training occurs on the job. Workers often have the opportunity to work part time, and self-employment is possible. This article describes the job duties, training, wages, and more for each occupation. It concludes with some sources of additional information.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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