11 Jobs From 1850 That Are Becoming Extinct

Once stable, commonplace jobs that have vanished.

The recent recession may have turned the job market on its head, but larger economic factors have drastically changed the U.S. market over the last century. The Industrial Revolution has all but eliminated once stable, middle-class jobs that were commonplace for your great-grandparents living in rural farmlands.

To find out what types of jobs were around before the Industrial Revolution, we combed through the occupational classification list from 1850, the first year the government collected data on what Americans do for work, provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We then compared it to a part of today's Census called the Standard Occupational Classifications, which identifies 31,000 active occupations in America.

Below are jobs from the past that are no longer recognized by the BLS:

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So incorrect. Chimney Sweeps are still in business. If you have a wood burning furnace, or wood fireplace, you need it swept for creosote buildup, or risk a chimney fire. Natural Gas furnaces are the only type that require no cleaning of the liner or flue. It is of no surprise that AOL blew it right of the bat....

September 11 2013 at 9:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think a lot of people would disagree with your story!! I know there are a lot of Chimney-sweeps, Lapidaries, Match makers, Occultists, and Quarrymen still t work in this country!!

September 11 2013 at 5:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While I have never before found myself defending American journalism, I would like to point out two things to all of those who felt they needed to bash the author of this article. First, the title of the article clearly includes the word \"Becoming\" which means that extinction has not occurred...only that the job is headed in that direction. Second, the comment leading to the list clearly states that the list is made up of jobs no longer recognized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and not simply the impressions of the author. In summary, those who chose the take the author to task need to realize that while they were pointing a finger at someone else, the other four fingers were still pointing at them...as one of those who earned an \"F\" on comprehension when it came to understanding what the article was communicating.

September 11 2013 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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first mistake is quoting the BUREAU OF LAOR STATISTICS,,,,A government assembly city slicker number crunchers who have possibly never ventured out of the city, These people probably think milk comes from the store and not from a cow

September 11 2013 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They changed the title. It did not say "becoming" before. And even that's not true. Chimney sweeps and Quarrymen are still very much in existence.

September 26 2013 at 10:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yet again an other poorly researched Huffington article. Just a puff piece to fill up space. WHo do they get to write these stories elementary school? What a waste of band width.

September 10 2013 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If chimney sweeps no longer exist, who were the guys who came out last spring to sweep my chimney and arrived complete with stove pipe hats and black tails - which they took off before cleaning the flue? I mean, the service was listed in the phone book, cost me $140 and this is 2013. So, yeah, chimney sweeps are still with us and very busy this time of the year.

September 10 2013 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd really like to know if Arianna Huffington ever reads her own publication, especially the "Comment" section!?!

If she does, one can only surmise that Ms. H. either doesn't care, or she enjoys all the negativity. This is the second story I've read in the last few minutes in which the comment section was 95% justifiable criticism.

It seems to me that someone in her position would employ people who strive for excellence, rather than simply tossing words together and slapping them on the page.

I suppose we can add "Outstanding Journalist" to the list of "Obsolete Occupations".

September 10 2013 at 3:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ok lapidary listed , its only getting rare, i would list a watchmaker , averige age is 75 .......but still there ...

September 10 2013 at 12:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There's a quarry about two miles from my house. I assume people work there.

September 09 2013 at 10:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

whoever wrote this article is out of their mind - chimney sweeps exist, drovers exist , most of those joobs described as extinct exist ---- lousy journalism to say the least

September 09 2013 at 9:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Another outstandingly pathetic news article. How old are the people who write and resesarch these things? Twenty, twentyone? Obviously someone was given a topic that they hadn\'t the slightest interest in or knowledge of. It\'s obvious that nothing of any consequence is being taught in schools anymore. I can\'t believe the schadenfreude aol has.Everything is either the 5 most embarrassing cars to drive, the 5 worst places to live, what is the latest business to be going out of business. 10 products that are no longer being made. The list is endless.

September 09 2013 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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