Gum Buster

Remove gum from public streets and buildings with a pressure washer.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Gum Busters do?

Chewing gum is great. Well, as long as it’s in someone’s mouth, and not stuck to the bottom of a shoe or table where unsuspecting people can accidentally brush up against it. When gum ends up outside of a mouth but not in a trash can, it can become pretty gross and unwanted.

That’s when a Gum Buster goes to work. As a Gum Buster, you clean gum off of city sidewalks, stadium seats, school hallways, and the underside of school desks. You share the name “Gum Buster” with the machine you use. It’s a small gum-removing machine that uses a combination of detergent, steam, and a small bit of water to “bust” gum spots off of surfaces. At the end of the spraying wand is a small brush that you use to remove the really tough spots that won’t budge with just water.

Though old chewing gum is pretty gross stuff, cleaning it isn’t that awful. For one thing, when it gets pried up, the gum releases its flavor so you spend your days in a bubblegum-smelling cloud of scent. Also, the gum you remove is dried up and pretty harmless, so you don’t have to worry about constantly prying sticky stuff off the bottom of your shoes or anywhere else.

Another plus? This job will get you out and about. You can work in a major city (like New York), walking and cleaning the streets. Or you might work in a stadium or at a big university. But wherever you are, you’re making the world a cleaner place!


Should I be a Gum Buster?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Gum Buster

    Gum Busters generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Gum Buster-related education!
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