Meter readers, utilities
Number employed in 2006: 47,000
Percent change in 2016: -10.3 percent
Education/training: This is an entry-level position for which a high school diploma is preferred. People who are interested in a career in utilities use this position as a stepping stone and experience builder.
2006 median salary: $30,330
Job outlook: New technology that allows meters to be monitored and billed from a central location will eliminate many of the jobs of meter readers.
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(Globe Staff/Janet Knott)