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Meter Readers, Utilities
A decline in employment is expected for meter readers through 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The increasing use of automated meter reading (AMR) systems that permit utility companies to take readings from a remote location have reduced demand for meter readers. AMR systems allow utility companies to save money by cutting down on the number of meter readers who must visit individual homes. Utility companies install a device in private homes and businesses that is capable of giving an electronic reading that can be accessed over the telephone or through radio waves. The AMR systems permit a small crew of meter readers to take remote readings by traveling in vans or by using a telephone line, significantly increasing meter reading efficiency. Because the technology is so successful, the need for meter readers has greatly declined. Any new positions that become available will be due to meter readers retiring or leaving the field for other jobs.