Meter Readers, Utilities

Meter readers check the level of gas, water, steam, and electricity consumption in homes and businesses by going from building to building and reading meters that measure how much energy has been used. They then record this amount in a route book or with an electronic, handheld device. Meter readers are also responsible for checking the meters and connection lines for damage or signs of tampering and for turning on and shutting off utility service. There are approximately 37,950 meter readers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Check the level of gas, water, steam, or electricity consumption in homes and businesses
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Organized
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Chief Meter Reader or Field Service Representative
  • Experienced Meter Reader
  • Entry-Level Meter Reader

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