Career Day! Can You Match These Unusual Or Obsolete Occupations To Their Definition?

First off, just to get this out of the way, this is a really difficult quiz. We put it together and then laughed at how hard it would be to get a perfect score, so don’t stress! If you can even name half of these occupations we’d be impressed!

On to the subject at hand: Careers have changed drastically over the years as industries shift and technology improves. What were once considered lifetime occupations are now unnecessary thanks to new processes, methods and technologies that simply deem certain needs obsolete.

This quiz consists of extremely old and obscure jobs that you may have encountered in literature about the olden days, but have probably rarely heard in modern life. Think you’re an occupational oracle? Let’s find out!

"an owner of or worker in a store for men’s clothing or small items used for making clothes"
haberdasher
clothalier
dasherman
"a glassmaker or window maker"
glazier
glassdo
glacier
"a carpenter who specializes in furniture and fittings"
seamer
fittman
joiner
"a professional waker, who literally knocks on doors or windows to rouse people from sleep"
knocker-up
alarmist
wakeywaker
"a worker of tin"
tinman
whitesmith
tinnist
"a maker of wheels for carriages and wagons"
wheelwright
carriageist
wagonsmith
"a fish trapper"
fishdip
weirkeeper
flapper
"an innkeeper, or a merchant who provides food for ships or for the military"
viscount
hotelist
victualer
"a repairer or seller of small metal goods such as pots and pans"
panner
potter
tinker
"someone who cures animal hides to make leather"
tanner
hider
dryer
"a seller of ready-made clothing, as opposed to a tailor"
racker
slopseller
clipper
"a carpenter"
twainer
sawyer
throper
"a maker of nets and ropes"
roper
netminder
checker
"someone who digs up recently buried corpses for use as cadavers"
cultist
ghostrider
resurrectionist
"a stonecutter"
stoner
quarryman
rockman
"a doorkeeper or gatekeeper"
porter
gatecrasher
visionist
"originally, one who installed lead roofing or set lead frames for windows"
plumber
leadman
sillist
"someone who sets bowling pins back up after each bowl"
pinterest
bowlman
pinsetter
"a wigmaker"
peruker
profiler
wiggler
"a designer, maker, or seller of women’s hats"
ornamentist
fancier
milliner
" a wagon driver"
traipser
galloper
muleskinner
"someone who reads to factory workers for entertainment"
lector
comicalist
leerist
"a crew member on a barge or a keelboat"
keeler
klinger
floater
"one who buys animals or animal carcasses to use as animal food or as fertilizer (originally, a harness maker or saddle maker)"
composter
carcassman
knacker
"a peddler (now refers to a con artist)"
huckster
shuckster
pullman
"an official responsible for fences and hedges"
poleman
hayward
outliner
"someone who trims horse hooves and puts on horseshoes"
farrier
nightman
youshoe
"someone who packs seams in ships or around windows"
caulker
seamer
shiptight
"a fruit seller"
costermonger
fruitist
shinseller
" potter"
crocker
clayman
poutist
"a shoemaker"
cordwainer
cobblestan
lacer
"a brass worker"
shinestock
brassast
brazier
"a wool inspector"
alnager
woolange
sheepsmith

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