20 Jobs That No Longer Exist

Don't get your heart set on having one these jobs. They've gone extinct. Pity, too, because being a lector sounds like a sweet gig.

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In the 21st century, the challenge of choosing a career means finding an area involving skills and knowledge that will remain relevant — and won’t be taken over by robots as automation becomes ever more sophisticated. What will last? Computer programmer, web developer, surgeon, Uber driver? Maybe there’s a lesson or two to be learned from jobs that used to exist, and then went the way of the dinosaurs.

In some cases, we’re old enough to remember jobs that have largely disappeared (milkman, anyone?), but other professions are so long gone they are hardly remembered. , a family history and DNA company, combed through its billions of records to identify some jobs that no longer exist.

Here’s a look at those a few others we found:

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