Meter Readers read electric, gas or water meters, record usage, inspect meters and connections for defects and damage, and report irregularities.

    You can work as a Meter Reader without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Loads and unloads mail conveyances and internal mail handling equipment.
    • Checks meter numbers and records any broken seals or other damage.
    • Updates clients details and notes location of meters.
    • Downloads information recorded on hand held computer into a central database.
    • May respond to customer queries or refer them onto the customer service department.
    • May undertake customer surveys.

    All Other Clerical and Office Support Workers

    • $1,165 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

    Meter Readers

    • 1,900 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 61% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 45 years Average age
    • 11% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Meter Readers (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
    from 1,800 in 2011 to 1,900 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Meter Readers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Administrative and Support Services; Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and Construction.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (61%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 11% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Administrative and Support Services62.8
    Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services25.9
    Construction3.3
    Public Administration and Safety3.0
    Other Industries5.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateMeter ReadersAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.431.6
    VIC22.725.6
    QLD19.020.0
    SA8.67.0
    WA14.210.8
    TAS2.82.0
    NT0.91.0
    ACT1.41.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMeter ReadersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.8-5.05.0
    20-249.7-9.39.3
    25-3418.7-22.922.9
    35-4419.3-22.022.0
    45-5423.3-21.621.6
    55-5912.1-9.09.0
    60-6410.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.3-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationMeter ReadersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree9.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma8.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV24.8-21.121.1
    Year 1229.3-18.118.1
    Year 118.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below17.5-12.512.5

    You can work as a Meter Reader without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • driver's licence
    • national police check
    • medical test
    • fitness test
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Public Sector VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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    Employers look for Clerical and Office Support Workers who have good computer skills, can communicate clearly and can interact with a variety of people.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      60% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Computers and Electronics

      45% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    3. Public Safety and Security

      44% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

    4. Mathematics

      41% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. English Language

      40% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      100% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    2. Very Hot or Cold Temperatures

      93% Important

      How often do you work in very hot or very cold temperatures (above 32 or below 0 degrees Celsius)?

    3. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      91% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    4. In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

      88% Important

      How often do you work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car)?

    5. Being Exact or Accurate

      87% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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