5 Reasons Portable Restroom Operators Have the Best Job

Portable sanitation’s reputation is more about lack of knowledge than the actual work associated with portable restrooms. If you need some positive reinforcement, here are five reasons you have the best job.
5 Reasons Portable Restroom Operators Have the Best Job
Portable sanitation is an industry that loves to promote from within. No matter where you start on the industry career ladder, opportunities to grow and advance are available for those who want to succeed.

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Did you say you work in the portable restroom business? You’ve seen the incredulous looks, the smirks, the grimaces. And you’ve likely heard the response — “Well somebody’s gotta do it, right?” 

Portable sanitation’s reputation has more to do with a lack of knowledge than with the actual work associated with portable restrooms. The reality is that the industry is thriving, full of job opportunities, and populated by diligent, interesting people from all over the world. It’s a business that provides significant possibilities for people at any skill and experience level. 

Portable sanitation has a place for the laborer looking for job advancement potential; for the college or grad school graduate on the hunt for unique opportunities in business, accounting, chemistry and operations management; and for the entrepreneurial spirit or creative thinker who wants a place to grow new ideas, tap new markets, and maybe change the world. 

Our industry is comprised of mainly four main subsets: equipment manufacturers, truck manufacturers, suppliers and portable restroom operators — PROs as they are known in the industry. Manufacturers design and produce the equipment that is used to provide portable sanitation services, which include portable restrooms, hand-wash stations, holding tanks and restroom trailers. 

Tank truck are designed and manufactured by companies that specialize in custom trucks. The suppliers provide various cleaning and deodorizing products, paper products and other support materials. PROs provide sanitation services to end-users. They deliver and service the equipment to job sites, special events, sporting events, municipalities, agriculture, and industrial sites. All of these groups include people from a wide range of backgrounds, skill sets and education. 

As you consider how best to recruit and develop the best people for job openings, you need to know what draws people into an industry. Below are five reasons why the portable sanitation industry is a great place to work. 

1. Innovation

The very existence of the industry is the result of human ingenuity. A forward-thinking entrepreneur saw an opportunity to provide a solution for a human need at a construction site. Since that time, hundreds more have devoted their careers to creating and engineering apparatus and processes that improve the equipment and service side of the business. 

Manufacturing engineers continue to innovate equipment that is modern, comfortable, ergonomic, and withstands the rigors of weather and operational abuse. Portable restrooms have come a long way since the days of the heavy wooden portable outhouse. 

Chemists create deodorizers and cleaners that improve the experience for the end-user and the service technician. Developing substances that aid in odor control for an open tank? That’s advancement that everyone can appreciate. 

Technology has and will continue to play a big role in improving the logistics of equipment placement and truck routing, as well as creating more efficient invoicing methods. Software advances alone help PROs run their businesses more resourcefully. For those aspiring to be in IT, this is a good industry to showcase one’s abilities. 

For those interested in running a business, yes, portable sanitation is the place for you. Savvy business entrepreneurs will discover opportunities in the U.S. and around the world in the portable sanitation industry. 

2. Advancement

Portable sanitation is an industry that loves to promote from within. No matter where you start on the industry career ladder, opportunities to grow and advance are available for those who want to succeed. 

Service technicians may advance to an operations or dispatching role, a customer service representative may develop skills to become a sales representative or a logistics coordinator. All it takes is some initiative and a desire to learn the business. 

3. Demand for truck drivers & maintenance

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, jobs for diesel service technicians and mechanics is expected to grow 9 percent this decade. Mechanics are in demand for trucking fleets in the portable sanitation industry. 

Truck drivers with a CDL, an ambition for something a little different than over-the-road hauling and a preference for being home at night with their families, will find that driving a pump truck can be very rewarding. For skilled mechanics and truck drivers alike, the sanitation industry provides some great opportunities for jobs and furthering one’s career. 

4. Job flexibility

Depending on what part of the country a company operates in, the portable sanitation business is quite often a seasonal business. Many have found the seasonality of the business to be an attractive advantage. At one company, a medical student worked his way through college enjoying the benefits of overtime during the summer months and flexibility around his class schedule in the fall and winter. 

Firefighters, teachers, and other seasonal or shift-work employees can benefit from the flexibility often available in a part-time position in the portable sanitation industry. 

5. Global opportunity

Though sanitation services are prevalent in the United States, there are many areas of the world where portable sanitation is not readily available. That means opportunities exist to further expand the industry around the globe. In India, for example, where public defecation is an issue, portable sanitation services may not only be convenient, but also could contribute to saving lives by reducing the spread of disease and the groundwater contamination. 

Other areas of the world that don’t have complex sanitary infrastructures in place could benefit from a portable solution that properly disposes of human waste. We often hear of efforts to install water wells in developing countries, but proper sanitation must also be in place so that the water is not contaminated. The industry is only just beginning to innovate and grow to reach these new markets so there is plenty of room for fresh faces in the thriving business. 

About the Author

Beverly Lewis runs a marketing agency, the Beverly Lewis Group, dedicated to helping small businesses with marketing solutions. Having served as the director of sales & marketing for two portable sanitation companies, her unique background combined with an expertise in marketing is well suited for the portable sanitation industry.

She believes that a company’s image is represented in every aspect of the company. Contact Beverly at beverly@beverlylewisgroup.com or visit www.beverlylewisgroup.com


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