Meter Readers, Utilities
Education and Training Requirements
Although there are no specific educational requirements, most meter readers are high school graduates, and many have some college training. Meter readers should have a solid background in mathematics and be able to fill out reports and other forms clearly and accurately.
High school students interested in pursuing a career as a meter reader should take English, mathematics, typing, and other business-related courses. Shop classes are often useful for those who plan to become installers. In addition, aspiring meter readers should have good manual dexterity and be able to get at hard-to-reach equipment.
Many utility companies provide new employees with several weeks of on-the-job training covering specific metering and safety procedures. They may also furnish classroom instruction on such topics as company policies, systems operations, instrumentation, and basic electricity.
Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements
Certification or Licensing
There are no certification or licensing requirements for meter readers.
Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits
No experience is needed, but those with experience are more likely to land jobs, earn higher pay, and get promoted.
Meter readers act as representatives of their companies while on their routes. Communication skills are thus very important. They must be able to deal with a wide variety of people and conduct their work professionally. Because they do not work under direct supervision, they should be conscientious workers and able to stick to their route schedule.