Meter Readers, Utilities

Meter Reader, Meter Technician, Water Meter Reader, Water Use Inspector

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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.

Knowledge

Business

  • customer service

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Math and Science

  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

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

Abilities

Verbal

  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Hand and Finger Use

  • keep your arm or hand steady

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Geographic information system

  • Geographic information system GIS systems

Education

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

Get started on your career:

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Job Outlook

Below Average
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
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