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10 Jobs That No Longer Exist

The rise of technology has seen many occupations come and go. In modern times, certain jobs continue to be outsourced to machines that do not get tired. There are many occupations from the past that were phased out of existence because of technology, but some might have just been outright weird.

Here is a list of jobs that no longer exist:

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1. Milkman

If there was ever a poster child for life in the 1950s, it is the Milkman. He would arrive every morning to deliver dairy right to your front door. Milk was not the only thing he was tasked with bringing straight to consumers’ homes. He would also deliver eggs and butter on occasion.

With the advent of refrigeration technology, the Milkman slowly faded from memory and everyone’s morning had one less smiling face in it.

2. Elevator Operator

With the elevator technology that exists now, this younger generation might find it surprising the profession even existed. When they were invented, of course, there was no motor and were moved completely with the use of human power.

Elevator operators were in charge of things like doors, direction, speed, and capacity of an elevator car.

With the invention of the automatic elevator in the 50s, people had to start pressing their own buttons.

3. ‘Hackers’

The modern day definition of “hacker” is an individual whose expertise lies in the use of computers. The ‘hacker’ job that no longer exists is that of woodcutter. You know those pre-cut pieces of wood you find at Home Depot or Lowe’s? While those are obviously cut by machine, a ‘hacker’s’ job was to cut wood to scale, be they beams for a house or paneling for the side of a barn.

It was once again the advancement of the industry’s technology that pushed the job into nothing more than a memory.

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4. Computer

Okay, so the name makes you think of the machine you are using to read this. But in the 17th century, computers were actually people who crunched numbers. Women, usually, would spend entire days calculating number completely by hand.

I have enough trouble trying to calculate how much I’m getting back at McDonald’s. I can only imagine spending days on end staring at variations of numbers. Doesn’t the mere thought exhaust you?

5. Bowling Alley Pinsette

This was one of those job that was perfect for teenagers in the 1930s who needed extra cash. Pinsetters were the organizers of the bowling pins for each game until 1936. That was the year Gottfried Schmidt invented the mechanical pinsetter, making this profession obsolete.

6. Icemen

It was not always possible to simply freeze water in a plastic tray or push against a button for ice. In the 1800s, Icemen were responsible for cutting ice from frozen bodies of water, particularly for food storage.

Like the Milkman job, it was thanks to refrigeration technology that the Iceman profession became another line in a history book.

7. Fuller

Cleaning cloth in the modern day is as easy as tossing a dirty piece into a washing machine with some soap, and waiting a few minutes. Fullers once did the job that our washing machines now do.

Before textiles like cloth became full articles of clothing and other things, it was a fuller’s job to rid the objects of oil and dirt.

8. Knocker upper

Do you ever over-sleep and sometimes miss the first few minutes of work? Why not hire a knocker-upper if your phone is behaving unreliably? Before the luxury of mechanical clocks, these people were hired to either tap windows or toss peas at windows to keep people from oversleeping.

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The eventual birth of the alarm eliminated the need for the profession. No doubt there are many times we’ve all shaken fists at our alarms.

9. Lector

Thanks to apps like Pandora and Spotify, our workspace doesn’t have to be completely boring. In the 1920s, long before the invention of the mp3 player, workers had lectors. Lectors were tasked with reading literature or the newspaper to the surrounding personnel.

As work industries became more complicated, Lectors lost popularity fast.

10. Leech Collector

This was a profession in the 19th century that didn’t last for very long. At the time, it was widely believed they could be used to cure toxicity and disease in the blood. When disease began to spread even more rapidly, the practice was completely abandoned.

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