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Meter Readers, Utilities

Also called: Meter Reader, Customer Field Representative, Meter Reading Clerk, Water 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.
  • Walk or drive vehicles along established routes to take readings of meter dials.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

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

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • put together small parts with your fingers

Personality

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

Technology

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Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$35,940
per year, on average
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