Meter Reader

Meter readers who are often called “utility meter readers” work for utility companies. Meter readers have important jobs because they are responsible for inspecting dials and recording the consumption of gas steam electricity and water by private households and businesses. Meter readers usually specialize in reading meters for consumption of one specific utility (for example gas or water). According to the website www.careerplanner.com meter readers not only record consumption but they also inspect meters to make sure that connections are intact and there has been no vandalism or unauthorized use. They are on the lookout for evidence of irregular consumption which they report to the company. In cases of nonpayment they are authorized to turn off access to utilities. The website www.ehow.com says that meter readers need a high school diploma but employers provide on-the-job training. However they need computer skills because they must enter the readings accurately into computer programs. In addition they must have numerical skills in order to read meters accurately. They are expected to manage their work efficiently so that they cover their assigned area in a timely manner. They need a good sense of direction because they must drive trucks and walk around while covering their routes. Finally they need good customer service skills because they often see and greet the people whose meters they are reading. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that meter readers can make as little as $20000 or as much as $40000 depending on location employer and experience. Many individuals start out as meter readers but advance to higher level positions such as apprentice electricians or dispatchers.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $30000
High Salary: $40000
Low Salary: $20000
Tasks: Monitors energy consumption.
Reports abnormal meter readings.
Activates utility service for new customers.
Turns off utility service for customers that have past due invoices.
Also Called: Utility Reader
Electrical Worker
Public Service Meter Reader
Power Meter Reader
Additional Resources: http://education-portal.com/articles/Utility_Meter_Reader_Job_Description_and_Requirements_for_Becoming_a_Utility_Meter_Reader.html
http://www.ehow.com/facts_6849517_meter-reader-job-description.html
http://dot-job-descriptions.careerplanner.com/METER-READER.cfm