I worked at a company that had an entire floor of telephone operators. Now they have none. I wouldn't be surprised if they are all gone from this company in the entire USA.
On site techs? Also all gone. Replaced by commodity equipment and installed by people making $12 an hour.
The earliest telephone backbones that didn't require operators anymore are from the 1920s. Operators were still used for international calls, but definitely not after ~1990.
Source: There is a telecommunications museum across the street from my workplace.
Now to answer your question: farmers.
Only as a quaint novelty.
* mainframe administrators
* cobol developers
* punchcard operators
* manufacturing (in the united states)
* car mechanics (huge decline as car quality has gone up)
* mining (in the united states)
that's without thinking too deeply about it ... i could think of more if you want. note that a lot of these are declines, as opposed to eliminations.
Same with mechanics. These jobs are not gone but possibly shrunk in total # of jobs. Quality may have gone up but so has complexity of repairs.
Now, farmers. Again, these jobs may have shrunk but the jobs are still there. I could count on both hands of families I know living in proximity to me that run family farms for business. You can drive 30 miles from me and go through three towns that are maintained because of farm land.
edit: on mobile so didn’t see your decline != elimination note at first
so, a large shrinkage of jobs isn't a decline? if the definition of jobs disappearing is the whole profession being eliminated then you'll never have any jobs "disappear" ... there will always be artisans in any field: look at blacksmiths for instance. so i'm not sure how these wouldn't be valid.
same goes for mechanics, and farmers. the number of jobs have shrunk - those jobs have disappeared. for farmers it's due to an increase in factory farms and labor saving devices, sure there are still farmers (and quite a few where i live, where locally grown food is sought after), but for the most part those jobs have disappeared.
unless we're operating on a different definition of "disappear"? if 100 people have a job that is now being done by 25 people due to either decline of need or mechanization, then those 75 jobs have disappeared.
COBOL jobs actually pay quite a bit
I assume that automation will hollow out some job titles, and then maybe totally kill them, and others it will just whittle down, with an increasing speed of the whittling over the coming decades.
Other people have provided some interesting job titles that have, if not been totally deleted, at least depleted to such a degree as to be slightly anachronistic.
See travel agents.
1140CE - 1149CE
New jobs were appearing then:
> The first Cistercian monastery in Spain is founded in Fitero. The order enjoys a rapid expansion in the region in the following 15 years.
- Arabic Translator in Europe
> Robert of Ketton makes the first European translation of the Qur'an into Latin.
> The exploration of the uncharted eastern parts of Germany begins, and results in the founding of cities such as Lübeck.
- Cathedral Builder
> Construction begins on Notre-Dame de Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France.
> Pope Eugene III issues the bull Quantum praedecessores, calling for the Second Crusade. At Christmas Louis VII of France announces his intention of making a pilgrimage which becomes part of the Crusade.
Hell, I've never taken a typing class in my life, but I was a faster typer than most people by the time I hit college purely from the hours I wasted on AIM.
I didn't set out to work in software. I just did stuff that seemed fun on the computer and the rest of the world agreed that this was a thing we wanted to keep doing.
I'm a designer, and the rise of mobile devices as a replacement for the computer is illustrative of these changes. There are roles in a modern design team where "I don't know a damn thing about how desktops used to work – my default way of thinking is how this would work on an iPhone" is a cognitive feature as much as it's a shortcoming.
I expect this will be true of many things, AR/VR being one, mmorpg/highly-online-third-space being another. I feel old for only caring about offline singleplayer campaign. The next generation of game designers will mentally default to fortnight's group interaction model. In this way, deeply understanding fortnight etc is absolutely preparing kids for the future of not only gaming, but document authoring, telepresence, and who the hell knows what else.
Best of luck, friend; you’re right, it’s a hard problem.
All of these articles, it’s like, news flash, the world changes. And goes on. And on. Has for millions of years.
Both referred to the same (although gradually evolving) thing but one term was starting to be seen as outdated while the other took over.
There wasn't any real attempt to distinguish real change from name change as far as I could tell.
Companies are starting to wise up to the penny wise-pound foolish of quarterly results.
- 49% of all job postings by S&P 100 companies in 2018 were for just 39 roles. The remaining 51% were for 872 other roles.
- 41% of all job postings by FTSE 100 companies in 2018 were for just 20 roles. The remaining 59% were for 641 other roles.
- The most competitive roles are in critical functions across IT, research and development, marketing, sales and customer service.
Many (most?) jobs are never advertised.