Meter Readers, Utilities

Little or no change in employment is expected for meter readers through 2020, 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. In the future, because the technology is so successful, it may be that the meter reading profession will rapidly decline (although it is currently stable). However, new positions will still be created as meter readers retire or leave the job for other reasons.


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