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Meter Readers, Utilities

Overview

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 34,970 meter readers employed in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

None

Outlook

Decline
Personality Traits

Conventional

Hands On

Organized

Career Ladder
Chief Meter Reader or Field Service Representative

Experienced Meter Reader

Entry-Level Meter Reader

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