Salary: $59,220 a year
Just a little over a decade ago, there were 56,000 utility meter readers in the U.S., according to the Labor Department and reported by the AP. Since then, that number has shrunk by almost 40 percent. With smart readers, both companies and residents can check how much electricity they're using on the internet -- no need for a guy to stop by and check a reader face-to-face. This empowers consumers to track and cut down on their own consumption. It also means that one day, in not too long, all utility meter readers could be out of the job.