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10 worst jobs of 2013

Meter reader
Meter reader © Kzenon/Shutterstock.com

Gas and utilities meter readers land on the worst-jobs list for one major reason -- job outlook. Deemed by CareerCast.com as "one of the fastest declining professions," meter readers rake in a low salary of just $36,400 per year and are expected to lose about 10 percent of all jobs in the field between now and 2020, partially because of new technologies that reduce the need for workers.

There are some good jobs out there, but you have to head to the right place. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for meter reading positions in locations such as Boston and Santa Clara, Calif., top $64,000 per year. The reverse is true, too. Head to the lowest-paying sectors of the country, such as the nonmetropolitan areas of Northwest Mississippi or Southern Texas, and average salaries drop to $24,200 or below.

The College Foundation of North Carolina reports one way to break into the job is to position yourself to replace workers making their exit. Those on their way out can focus on their transferable skills, which include data collection, recording and organization.

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