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Jobs That No Longer Exist

Updated November 6, 2017 288.3k 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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    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    The Job: Someone who manually drives cattle or sheep. Yes, like a cowboy.

    Who Did It: Farmers. Children. Hugh Jackman in Australia.

    Why It Went Away: Trained animals, machines, and factory farms.  
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    Photo: flickr / CC0

    The Job: No, not THAT. They were hired to make sure others would wake up for their jobs, using long sticks, pebbles, and clubs to knock on windows.

    Who Did It: Anyone desperate enough.

    Why It Went Away: Alarm clocks.
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    Ice Cutter

    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY

    The Job: Before modern refrigerators, cellars and ice boxes required consistent, fresh ice, and these guys would have to saw up blocks of it in harsh, awful conditions.

    Who Did It: Strong, tenacious men. And those guys in Frozen.

    Why It Went Away: Modern refrigerators.
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    Airplane Listener

    The Job: Before radar and further advances in military technology, soldiers would use acoustic mirrors and other listening devices to listen for enemy airplanes approaching.

    Who Did It: Soldiers.

    Why It Went Away: Radar, computers, and many other advances in technology.