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Job Opportunities for Youth? Report Points to Janitorial Services

Metro Focus


If you ask people what the most popular jobs for young New Yorkers are, many would say baristas at Starbucks or sales assistants in chain retailers like Uniqlo, where you can make an average $8 to $10 per hour, or no more than $20,000 a year with regular working hours. But did you know an average janitor in New York City could easily make more than that?

A recent report by the Center for an Urban Future (CUF) reveals the median salary for New York janitors is $30,870, nearly 14 percent more than any coffee shop jobs. Although this occupation may not sound sexy, it does have a future. The State Labor Department is projecting 1,700 openings in janitorial jobs every year through 2018, making it one of the most promising fields for young people without college degrees.

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