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Meter Readers, Utilities - 43-5041.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Read meter and record consumption of electricity, gas, water, or steam.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Field Technician
  • Fieldman
  • Meter Reader
  • Meter Reader Inspector
  • Meter Reading Clerk
  • Meter Technician
  • Utility Service Worker
  • Water Inspector
  • Water Meter Reader
  • Water Use Inspector

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Answer customers' questions about services and charges, or direct them to customer service centers.
  • Collect past-due bills.
  • Connect and disconnect utility services at specific locations.
  • Inspect meters for unauthorized connections, defects, and damage, such as broken seals.
  • Leave messages to arrange different times to read meters in cases in which meters are not accessible.
  • Perform preventative maintenance or minor repairs on meters.
  • Read electric, gas, water, or steam consumption meters and enter data in route books or hand-held computers.
  • Report lost or broken keys.
  • Report to service departments any problems, such as meter irregularities, damaged equipment, or impediments to meter access, including dogs.
  • Update client address and meter location information.
  • 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.
  • Verify readings in cases where consumption appears to be abnormal, and record possible reasons for fluctuations.
  • Walk or drive vehicles along established routes to take readings of meter dials.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collect deposits, payments or fees.
  • Control power supply connections.
  • Discuss account status or activity with customers or patrons.
  • Enter information into databases or software programs.
  • Maintain financial or account records.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment.
  • Perform basic equipment maintenance.
  • Record service or repair activities.
  • Refer customers to appropriate personnel.
  • Report maintenance or equipment problems to appropriate personnel.
  • Verify accuracy of data.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Meter Reader