OCCUPATION THESAURUS

CRIME SCENE CLEANER



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
A crime scene cleaner blocks off, washes, and sanitizes areas where a crime has occurred. Sometimes this includes discarding bedding, furniture, carpet, and other items contaminated by biological substances. It may also require arranging for minor home repairs, such as replacing flooring or patching and painting over drywall holes. Cleaners are often called in by family members or businesses hoping to spare individuals the emotional heartache and pain of having to deal with the task themselves.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
Extensive on-the-job training will prepare new hires for this line of work, so a high school diploma or GED is usually all that's necessary to begin. As part of that training, many agencies will require their cleaners to obtain certifications having to do with related subjects, such as blood-borne pathogens, the proper care of hazardous materials, how to operate larger equipment and tools, and other safety techniques and protocols. Additional licenses and permits may be required, depending on the location. Former experience isn't necessary, but a resumé that includes work in related fields (such as public health or forensics) can be beneficial.

Cleaning jobs can be exhausting, especially when shifts run long or arise unexpectantly. Physical and mental fortitude are a must to succeed long-term in this career.

USEFUL SKILLS, TALENTS, OR ABILITIES:

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EMOTIONAL WOUNDS THAT MAY HAVE FACTORED INTO THIS OCCUPATION CHOICE:
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SOURCES OF FRICTION:
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PEOPLE THEY MIGHT INTERACT WITH:
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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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COMMON WORK-RELATED SETTINGS:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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