Finding a position in today’s job market is hard enough as it is, but what if you were unlucky enough to have one of these careers? A user on Reddit posted a link to this list of extinct jobs. They are all real jobs that people used to have back in the day. It’s strange to think that something called a knocker-upper was hired to wake people up, but it’s even weirder that these jobs just winked out of existence.
1.) Bowling alley pin setter
This was typically a teenager’s job and didn’t pay very well.
Knocker-uppers were basically human alarm clocks. They would make sure their clients would wake up.
They would rap on doors and windows with truncheons, or even use pea shooters.
When lakes froze, ice cutters would saw through the layers and give the pieces to ice delivery men.
4.) Pre-radar enemy aircraft detection
These devices helped soldiers listen for approaching enemy aircraft and warn their own troops
In Europe, rat catchers were hired to control the rodent population and prevent the spread of disease.
It wasn’t an easy job, as many of them would suffer from bites.
Until electric street lamps were introduced, lamp lighters would need to go around lighting or extinguishing street lamps.
Because of less advanced refrigeration and preservation techniques, cold milk would need to be delivered often.
8.) Log driver – Before log transportation via truck was possible, these men would guide logs down the river.
Before modern technology, switchboard operators were an integral part of telephone networks by connecting calls.
10.) Resurrectionist – – They were basically 19th century body snatchers. Resurrectionists would remove corpses from graves for universities to use as cadavers.
11.) Factory worker lector
Lectors hired at factories would read to those who worked all day, providing entertainment.
Some day in the future, maybe even your job will be eliminated. Advances in technology have led to extinct jobs year after year. Thankfully, as each door closes in life, a window opens. (And when there are metaphorical opening windows, there are metaphorical window washers.)
Click below to share these strange, unique jobs with your friends. Hopefully, they didn’t use to be milkmen.