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Jobs That No Longer Exist

Updated November 6, 2017 280.7k views20 items

With the rapid advances in modern technology, more jobs and new opportunities that would have seemed like science fiction a few years ago are becoming a reality. However, as we evolve, a lot of jobs people used to do back in the day are becoming obsolete. This list of jobs that no longer exist show the examples of old positions that have given way to new opportunities on the job search.

Some of these jobs already seem insane to us – it's crazy to us now that PEOPLE ever did these tasks and not machines. It only leaves us to wonder what jobs will no longer exist ten years from now, and seem odd in the future.
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    Lector

    Lector is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Jobs That No Longer Exist
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    The Job: To read to large rooms of factory workers slaving away at remedial tasks for hours on end. Lectors were sometimes even hired with pooled money from the factory workers themselves for their entertainment.

    Who Did It: Well spoken gentlemen.

    Why It Went Away: A whole smorgasbord of reasons from the radio, to the Walk-Man, iPhones, iPods, podcasts...
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    Pinsetter

    Pinsetter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Jobs That No Longer Exist
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    The Job: After the bowling ball did its thing, they would have to set up the appropriate pins for the next frame.

    Who Did It: Usually young boys working for cheap.

    Why It Went Away: MACHINES! They're way cheaper, and way less creepy to see at the end of a lane.
  • Computer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Jobs That No Longer Exist
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    The Job: A computer used to be the title for a person. A person who did calculations, or computations. The Irony! This terminology of a person as a "computer" was still widely accepted until the early 20th century.

    Who Did It: Usually young women.

    Why It Went Away: For, you know, the other kind of computers...
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    Milkman

    Milkman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Jobs That No Longer Exist
    Photo: Nationaal Archief / Flickr

    The Job: Before there were places to keep anything cold for any real length of time, especially for nights on end, there was the milkman to bring you daily (or every other day) milk, before it spoiled. Well, that and to be the blame for hundreds of illegitimate children across the country.

    Who Did It: Young, charming, seemingly always handsome, well-dressed men.

    Why It Went Away: Refrigerators and modern, processed, forever-lasting "milk."
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