The “Help Wanted” section in modern newspapers look significantly different than what it was a century ago. While the job market continually fluctuates, the type of roles people play in offices, factories, and farms are no longer the same as a century ago.
One of the main reasons is rapidly changing technology. Engines and airplanes have revolutionized people's ability to grow crops, while also helping to transport and move products at a significantly faster rate. Less reliance on cultivating items like iron, coal, and steel has minimized the role these former pillars of American industry play in the grand scheme of the national economy.
Stacker compiled the most common jobs in America using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 1920 Census. A total of 210 occupations were considered for Stacker's list, and the entries were ranked by the number of people employed in an occupation in 1920. Several of the professions are no longer regularly called by the same name, but in those instances, Stacker grouped similar jobs from today to compare and contrast. Stacker also used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for current employment totals.
This list examines how daily life operated in the 1920s: With World War I over and the nation about to enter a stage of prosperity never before seen, some industries rocketed in popularity to adjust to this new definition of American industry. But with vital elements like electricity, roads, and medicine sometimes in short supply, can readers deduce what industry occupied the top spot 100 years ago?
Read on to discover the 50 most popular American jobs in the 1920s.
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