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
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
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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.
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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Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.
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.
Dry cleaning workers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 6741: Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations.
According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations occupational group earned on average from $13.74 to $17.79 an hour. The overall average wage was $15.53 an hour. For more information, see the Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations wage profile.
Alberta Textile Care Association (ATCA) website: www.abtca.com
Drycleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI) website: www.dlionline.org
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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.