Street Sweeper Profession in Ealdwyll | World Anvil

Street Sweeper

The profession of street sweeper dates back to times long before the Pulse. In large settlements, like towns and cities, streets can quickly become littered with trash and excrements. Street Sweepers are the people who take care of that problem. They can be found all over the world. Some have better equipment than others. But in most places these people have a lower social status, and despite the essential work they do, their wages are often low.

Working as a street sweeper


The reason street sweeping is a job often done by people with a lower social status is because there are no qualifications needed. Anyone can do this job, as long as they are willing to do the work. Since many other jobs require literacy, people who become a sweeper rarely got the opportunity earlier in life to go to school. Or they dropped out, for one reason or another.


In most parts of the world, the payment for a street sweeper is low. Sometimes they can earn some extra money by selling items they found on the streets during their work. While others may do some extra work for the wealthy. There are parts in the world though where the pay is better. Ippah is one of those places. Because of the influence of Ippah Medical Foundation & University, hygiene and cleanliness have become an important part of their society. Clean streets are a necessity for them.

Social Status

Street sweepers have a low social status in most settlements. They are often people who have a hard time finding a better job. They are not always treated well, sometimes to the point where people walk through the trash they are collecting, or act as if the sweeper is invisible. In a place like Ippah though, they are treated with respect. Wealthier people might even give their street sweepers some spare coins now and then, which is a welcome addition to their wages.
Alternative Names
Found worldwide in every large settlement
Geographic Location | Jul 4, 2021

Ippah is an island located to the south of the eghean landmass.


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Jul 23, 2021 18:27 by R. Dylon Elder

Awesome take on the prompt. Street sweepers really do seem valuable. i like that you point out how it doesnt need qualifications. Those are always the jobs that few value but are absolutely needed. well done!

Jul 24, 2021 05:01 by Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)

Thank you. :)

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
Jul 23, 2021 20:44 by Time Bender

This is a really good way to write this prompt! I always hate whenever people look down on others because they wouldn't be willing to do the work that person does. D:

Jul 24, 2021 05:02 by Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)

Thank you. :)

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.