11. A blacksmith.
12. Grand Wizard.
13. IT support.
If you’re lucky enough to actually have a great team, they’ll probably quickly move on to something else in the field.
15. Teaching isn’t a complete joke yet, but it isn’t what it was.
There was a time when people respected teachers; they might be the only person in town with a degree. They made ok money and sometimes even got a rent-free residence to go to the school. They were respected and looked up to.
Now degrees are the much more commonplace, and many jobs pay better than teaching.
Some people think teachers are underachievers: “you have a degree in math or physics or chem, but you teach? Guess nobody wanted you. You must have been on the low end of the scale.”
Also, if you’re making 100K or even 1000K or more (and some people do) it’s hard not to look at someone earning 50k or even less and not think of them as a loser especially if they also have a 100K study debt.
16. Definitely photographer.
In the old days if you wanted a picture taken you went to a professional. In fact, an old picture of the downtown of my city has a giant sign for a photography business. Now, every mom owns a DSLR and is advertising her services on Pinterest. The standard portrait now is a blown out background with a Lightroom filter applied.
From a highly respected community and spiritual leader to kiddy diddler.
21. Airline pilots.
It’s not a complete joke, but those guys used to be like celebrities to people.
22. I don’t mean to offend, but I feel like the pharmacy profession has taken quite a hit. What used to be a relatively straightforward way to a healthcare professional and a $120,000 salary is now diluted by the opening of too many schools, making admission standards lower and increasing the supply of workers way over demand.
Unfortunately, I feel like the profession is losing respect, which is why I’m glad I didn’t apply to pharm school back when I graduated college.
24. Being an armorer. No one needs armor anymore.
25. Full-Service Gas Station Attendant.
They would pump your gas, wash your windows, provide small talk, give directions then most of the country moved to self-service.