According to Forbes, two large Midwestern utilities recently said that there would be a continual flow of jobs for meter readers and a new range of jobs from the smart grid, even despite the recent changes to technology that reduce the necessity for human meter readers. These companies stated that while the new AMI technology would be phased in over 8 years, there would be a possibility of transition from these workers as meter readers into other areas within the company or just to simply stay on doing the same job.
The smart grid would also promise a new range of jobs in four key areas. Firstly, installation would create jobs for technicians. Secondly, an increase to communications will mean a demand for communications technicians. Thirdly, cyber security would become a key area where hiring would need to take place. And lastly, jobs that would indirectly result due to the grid that are behind the scenes would come up over time. This is set to happen in the near future and will be a step forward for utilities.
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