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Training, Certifications, Skills, Advancement: Meter Readers, Utilities




Many meter readers are at the entry level and do not require more than a high school diploma. Employers, however, prefer to hire those familiar with computers and other electronic office and business equipment. Typing, recordkeeping, and other clerical skills also are important.

Utility meter readers usually work with a more experienced meter reader until they feel comfortable doing the job on their own. They learn how to read the meters and determine the consumption rate. They also must learn the route that they need to travel to read all their customers’ meters.

Advancement opportunities for meter readers vary with the place of employment.