Dry Cleaning Worker
Dry cleaning workers serve customers and use various methods, tools and equipment to clean clothes, drapes and other fabric items.
Cleaner, Customer Service Representative, Dry Cleaner
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Interest in operating machines to dry-clean dresses, suits, coats, sweaters and other garments, draperies, cushion covers and other articles, and to use washing machines and dryers to clean and dry garments, sheets, blankets, towels and other articles
Interest in comparing to dry-clean and launder garments and household articles
Interest in using specialized machines to clean and blow-dry fur garments, and to dry-clean, dye, spray, re-oil and re-buff suede and leather garments
The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation.
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.
Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.
A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.
A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.
Dry cleaning workers may:
In large operations, dry cleaning workers may specialize in particular tasks or types of goods. For example, they may become experts in stain removal, finishing or leather cleaning.
Modern dry cleaning shops and plants are clean, well lit and ventilated, and new machinery operates with a minimum of noise. However, the work is physically demanding and even well-ventilated shops can be hot in the summer. Dry cleaning workers are on their feet most of the work day and may be required to lift items that weigh up to 10 kilograms.
Dry cleaning workers often work shifts that include evening and weekend hours.
Dry cleaning workers need to possess:
They should enjoy operating machines and taking a methodical approach to their work.
This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 13 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Nov 24, 2020 and Apr 15, 2021.
Review these skills to learn:
|Mix and add detergents, dyes, bleaches, starches and other solutions and chemicals||12|
|Operate dry cleaning and washing machines, dryers and blow drying machines to clean and dry garments, draperies, cushion covers, sheets, blankets, furs and other articles||12|
|Operate machines to dye, spray, re-oil, and re-buff suede and leather garments||9|
|Hand fold and bag shirts, sheets and other articles||8|
|Equipment and Machinery Experience: Washing machines||6|
|Equipment and Machinery Experience: Dryers||6|
|Operate finishing equipment such as steam pressers, and use hand irons to finish pants, jackets, shirts, skirts and other dry cleaned and laundered articles||6|
|Hand iron laundered fine linens or dry-cleaned silk garments||6|
|Operate fur ironing and glazing equipment to finish fur garments and other fur articles||6|
|Personal Suitability: Team player||5|
There are no formal educational requirements in this occupation, but employers generally prefer to hire job applicants who have a combination of the following qualifications:
Dry cleaning workers are trained on the job and may take related industry training courses.
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There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.
Dry cleaning workers are employed in retail dry cleaning shops and in commercial or institutional cleaning plants. Experienced workers may advance to supervisory and management positions.
Dry cleaning workers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6741: Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations. In Alberta, 86% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook (PDF) in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
Over 2,000 Albertans are employed in the Dry cleaning and laundry occupations occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.9% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 58 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As dry cleaning workers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for dry cleaning workers.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.
|Wages*||Low (5th percentile)||High (95th percentile)||Average||Median|
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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.
High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.
|Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)||$29,586|
|Health Care & Social Assistance||$29,277|
|Accommodation & Food Services||$27,015|
Updated Dec 01, 2016. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.