Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Obsolete Occupations -- What Might be Next?

Time's passage brings with it many changes:
  • Advanced technologies become commonplace.
  • Medical discoveries enhance people's well-being.
  • Professions never before imagined become everyday occupations.
  • Occupations that once employed many people become extinct.
A glimpse into occupations that no longer exist is provided by the NPR article "The Jobs Of Yesteryear: Obsolete Occupations." This interactive, slideshow article offers photographs and descriptions of 12 by-gone professions, as well as several recordings of folk reflecting on "those oft-forgotten jobs."

The article also prompts some interesting questions:
  • What changes might the future hold?
  • Which of today's professions might be headed for extinction?
  • Any ideas?

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