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Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

Operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, leather, furs, blankets, draperies, linens, rugs, and carpets. Includes spotters and dyers of these articles.   (O'Net 51-6011.00)

Reported job titles:   Assembler, Assorter, Bag Hanger, Bag Washer, Benzene Washer, Benzene Worker, Blanket Washer, Box Storage Worker, Bundle Breaker, Buttoner, Carpet Cleaner, Carpet Renovator, Catcher, Classifier, Cleaner, Cleaner and Dyer, Cleaner and Presser, Cleaning Machine Operator, Cleaning Technician, Clothes Marker, Clothes Separator, Clothes Shaker, Coat Examiner, Collar Starcher, Collar Worker, Color Matcher, Conditioner Tumbler, Continuous Towel Roller, Conveyor Operator, Curb Worker, Curtain Cleaner, Curtain Stretcher, Dampener, Detacher, Diaper Folder, Distributor, Drapery Hand, Drier, Drier Operator, Dry Cleaner, Dry Room Attendant, Dryer Operator, Drying Machine Operator, Dyer, Equipment Operator, Examiner, Extracting Machine Operator, Feather Renovator, Feeder, Finisher, Folder, Folding Machine Operator, Fur Blower, Fur Cleaner, Fur Glazer, Fur Glazing and Polishing Machine Operator, Fur Glosser, Fur Polisher, Furniture Cleaner, Glove Cleaner, Glove Finisher, Hand Launderer, Handy Worker, Hanger, Hat Blocker, Hat Cleaner, Hat Former, Hat Renovator, Hat Sizer, Hatter, Launderer, Laundromat Worker, Laundry Aide, Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Machine Operator/Tender, Laundry Assistant, Laundry Attendant, Laundry Equipment Operator, Laundry Helper, Laundry Housekeeper, Laundry Operator, Laundry Press Operator, Laundry Room Attendant, Laundry Sorter, Laundry Technician, Laundry Worker, Layer Off, Leather Cleaner, Leather Sprayer, Legger, Linen Folder, Linen Supervisor, Linen Worker, Lister, Machine Filler, Machine Fur Cleaner, Machine Hand, Machine Ironer, Machine Operator, Machine Rug Cleaner, Machine Washer, Marker, Marking Machine Operator, Mater, Measuring Clerk, Molder, Moth Proofer, Net Sorter, Patching Machine Operator, Personal Clothing Laundry Aide, Precision Dyer, Puffer, Puller, Reel Worker, Renovator, Rug Cleaner, Rug Dyer, Rug Renovator, Rug Sizer, Separator, Shake Table Operator, Shaker, Shampooer, Sheet Finisher, Sheet Folder, Sheet Sorter, Shirt Cleaner, Shirt Finisher, Shirt Folder, Shirt Operator, Silk Blocker, Silk Finisher, Silk Spotter, Sizer, Soil Checker, Sorter, Spot Cleaner, Spot Remover, Spotter, Sprayer, Sprinkler, Stamper, Starcher, Starchmaker, Steam Cleaner, Sterilizer Machine Operator, Stretcher, Stretcher Operator, Suede Cleaner, Table Machine Operator, Taker Off, Towel Folder, Towel Sorter, Tumbler Operator, Upholstery Cleaner, Utility Worker, Vault Custodian, Vault Person, Wash Tub Machine Operator, Washer, Washerette Machine Operator, Washing Machine Operator, Whizzer Hand, Wool Spotter, Wringer
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     Location Pay
    Percentile Wages Average
    10% 25% 50%
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 10.01   $ 10.35   $ 11.18   $ 12.04   $ 14.28   $ 11.59  
    Yearly $20,810   $21,530   $23,240   $25,050   $29,700   $24,110  
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 10.30   $ 10.74   $ 11.46   $ 12.78   $ 16.32   $ 12.20  
    Yearly $21,430   $22,330   $23,840   $26,590   $33,950   $25,380  
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.01   $ 10.21   $ 11.07   $ 11.98   $ 13.94   $ 11.43  
    Yearly $20,810   $21,230   $23,040   $24,930   $29,000   $23,780  
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.01   $ 10.38   $ 11.17   $ 11.97   $ 13.85   $ 11.51  
    Yearly $20,820   $21,580   $23,240   $24,890   $28,800   $23,950  
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2018.

    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    Annual job openings
    (due to change and
    2016 2026
    Vermont 587 572 -0.3% 76
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2018.

    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    Personal and laundry services 50.3%
    Accommodation 14.9%
    Nursing and residential care facilities 12.8%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 4.6%
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 4.1%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2018.

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  • Receive and mark articles for laundry or dry cleaning with identifying code numbers or names, using hand or machine markers.
  • Start washers, dry cleaners, driers, or extractors, and turn valves or levers to regulate machine processes and the volume of soap, detergent, water, bleach, starch, and other additives.
  • Sort and count articles removed from dryers, and fold, wrap, or hang them.
  • Examine and sort into lots articles to be cleaned, according to color, fabric, dirt content, and cleaning technique required.
  • Load articles into washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to perform loading.
  • Mix and add detergents, dyes, bleaches, starches, and other solutions and chemicals to clean, color, dry, or stiffen articles.
  • Clean machine filters, and lubricate equipment.
  • Remove items from washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to do so.
  • Operate extractors and driers, or direct their operation.
  • Inspect soiled articles to determine sources of stains, to locate color imperfections, and to identify items requiring special treatment.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers  updated December 2006

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers  updated December 2006

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  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers  updated December 2006

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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers  updated December 2006

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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers  updated June 2008

    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers  updated December 2006

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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
    source: Occupational Information Network: Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers  updated December 2006

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