What they do
Meter readers check, read and record gas, electricity and water consumption as displayed on the meters of homes and businesses. They plan and prepare for their meter rounds, read all of the meters in a particular area and enter the meter readings into a hand-held computer. They report any broken seals or damage to meters, and update details of client addresses and the location of meters. They download information recorded on their rounds into computers, and report broken or lost keys, as well as information regarding specific hazards such as dogs, or damage done to properties during rounds. Meter readers work in cities and towns around the state, wherever utilities such as water, electricity and gas are available.
Meter readers work in and around a range of residential and commercial locations. They do a lot of walking and driving within a specific area, and are required to work in most weather conditions. They usually work regular hours, but their shifts may be less than eight hours a day. They may work on weekends on occasion. They are often required to carry some official identification and wear a uniform.
Tools and technologies
Meter readers use hand-held electronic devices that catalogue and store records. They also use keys and electronic security devices to enter buildings to read meters. They use computers to download the information they record whilst in the field.
How do I become one?
Education and training
You can work as a meter reader without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, your chances of gaining employment may be improved if you have experience in customer service, maintaining equipment, and are physically fit.