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Meter Readers, Utilities
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, job opportunities for meter readers will decline rapidly through 2018, due to automated meter reading (AMR) systems that permit utility companies to take readings from a remote location. 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. However, new positions will still be created as meter readers retire or leave the job for other reasons.