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Laundry Worker

Laundry workers use various methods, tools and equipment to clean clothes, linens and other fabric items in commercial or institutional laundries.

  • Avg. Salary $29,424.00
  • Avg. Wage $15.53
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook Up
Also Known As

Cleaner

NOC & Interest Codes
The Laundry Worker is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Machine Operators
NOC code: 6681.1
OBJECTIVE

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

METHODICAL

Interest in comparing to dry-clean and launder garments and household articles

directive

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

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

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.

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Duties
Updated Jan 30, 2017

Laundry workers' duties vary depending on the size and nature of the employer. Laundry workers may work for institutions (for example, hospitals or prisons), large hotel chains, diaper suppliers or commercial laundries that clean vast quantities of items such as uniforms, bedding and towels.

In general, laundry workers

  • receive and record articles
  • sort soiled linen and clothing
  • load and unload washing machines, extractors and other computer-controlled equipment
  • feed linen into equipment for pressing
  • catch and count processed linen
  • note stains, tears and wear
  • remove stains and mend items as needed
  • hand-fold some linen
  • count, sort and package linen
  • place linen on carts for delivery to customers

In large-volume plants, workers may specialize in particular areas. For example, markers or processors may

  • sort, record and mark clean linen and other articles
  • examine articles for defects and send them for repairs
  • count finished articles and verify the count with plant records

Spotters or stain treaters may

  • inspect articles for stains and colour imperfections
  • identify items requiring special treatment
  • determine the cleaning process required
  • use appropriate treatments to remove stains

Sorters, finishers and folders may

  • sort soiled linen into bins for washing
  • operate specialized finishing equipment
  • shake laundry before it is folded
  • fold finished articles

Cart packers may select linen items from shelves according to a pick list and place the required number and type of items on a cart.

Working Conditions
Updated Jan 30, 2017

Laundry facilities are clean, well-lit and ventilated. Modern laundry equipment is less noisy but still creates heat and humidity. Laundry workers may be required to work shifts that include evening, night or weekend hours. In hospitals and other institutions that are open 365 days a year, shifts include holidays.

The work is physically demanding, fast-paced and repetitive. Laundry workers are on their feet all day and routinely lift items that may weigh up to 10 kilograms.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Jan 30, 2017

Laundry workers need to possess:

  • good hand-eye co-ordination
  • the ability to perform routine, repetitive work and remain mentally alert
  • the ability to work well with others
  • basic English communication skills.

They should enjoy operating machines and taking a methodical approach to their work.

Educational Requirements
Updated Jan 30, 2017

There areno formal education requirements in this occupation but employers generally prefer to hire job applicants who have:

  • a minimum Grade 10 education
  • basic health and safety knowledge
  • a good knowledge of textiles
  • basic computer skills

Previous experience in a production environment is an asset.

Laundry workers aretrained on the job and may take related training courses provided by the employer.

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Employment & Advancement
Updated Jan 30, 2017

Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Laundry workers are employed in commercial laundries, hotel laundries and institutional laundries (for example, in hospitals). Experienced workers may advance to lead hand, supervisory and management positions.

Laundry 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

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
  • size of the occupation.

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 laundry workers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for laundry workers.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Jan 30, 2017

Laundry 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.

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Personal and Food Services
Other Sources of Information
Updated Jan 30, 2017

Alberta Textile Care Association (ATCA) website: www.abtca.com

Drycleaning and Laundry Institute International (DLI) website: dlionline.org

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Jan 30, 2017. 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.

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