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House work: Jobs in residential upkeep

For people who prefer to leave the household maintenance to others, these workers make home even sweeter.

For many people, domestic bliss does not involve cleaning, home repairs, or yard work. But that doesn’t mean that their vision of a happy home involves a dirty, broken-down house with an unkempt yard. It simply means that they prefer to pay others to do the grittier tasks of residential upkeep. And in doing so, they create employment opportunities for the care and cleaning of homes.

This article highlights three occupations—handypersons, maids and housekeepers, and landscaping and groundskeeping workers—that involve specific types of house calls. These occupations may not be at the top of every jobseeker’s choice careers, but they offer some advantages. In general, entering these occupations requires little formal education, and paid training occurs on the job. Workers often have the opportunity to work part time, and self-employment is possible.

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Last Updated: March 17, 2011