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Meter Readers, Utilities

Also called: Meter Reader, Meter Technician, Water Meter Reader, Water Use Inspector

What they do:
Read meter and record consumption of electricity, gas, water, or steam.
On the job, you would:
  • Read electric, gas, water, or steam consumption meters and enter data in route books or hand-held computers.
  • Upload into office computers all information collected on hand-held computers during meter rounds, or return route books or hand-held computers to business offices so that data can be compiled.
  • Walk or drive vehicles along established routes to take readings of meter dials.


  • customer service
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Accounting software
  • Billing software
Operating system software
  • Microsoft Windows


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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