Meter Reader Careers

How to become Meter Reader

What does a Meter Reader do?

Meter readers visit customers’ homes and businesses to take routine meter readings.They check and record meter readings, usually on hand-held computer terminals. The information is then input on to a main computer system, and fed through to the energy supplying company for customer billing purposes.

Some meters are situated on the outside walls of premises and require a set of keys to gain access to them. Other meters are situated inside customers’ homes or businesses, consequently entry to read these meters is by permission of the property’s owner.

Meter readers regularly meet customers and answer routine enquiries. They usually work to set targets of the number of meters to be read in a week. They then have the freedom to plan the routes and their working day, in order to meet these targets.

What's the working environment like working as a Meter Reader?

Meter readers usually work 37 to 40 hours a week. This may include some evening work and Saturdays. Part-time work is available with some companies.

Although they have an office base to call into, most of the day is spent on the move, on foot and outside in all weathers.

What does it take to become a Meter Reader?

To be a meter reader you should:

  • be able to work long hours alone, without supervision
  • be well-presented, honest and polite
  • have good communication skills
  • be accurate in recording vital information
  • be able to cope with basic figure work
  • be able to understand and use necessary computer equipment
  • be able to plan and work to timescales
  • have good health and stamina.

Meter Reader Career Opportunities

There are 40 to 50 meter reading companies, of different sizes, operating throughout Britain. They are employed to provide meter readings for the main energy supply companies throughout the country.

With some companies, there may be promotion prospects to a meter reader area leader, supervisory or management role.

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