NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- No job is permanent, especially in today's world. Unfortunately, many of us have felt the pain of getting laid off unexpectedly or struggled to find a job in a shrinking industry.
But what about the jobs that have completely and totally disappeared? Technology has rendered some jobs obsolete, while others have vanished because of cultural or societal changes. Jobs that were once quite common are now nothing more than a historical footnote.
The following are 10 jobs that have disappeared or, at the very least, are on the endangered species list. If you have one of these careers, then you might want to consider a different line of work...
10. Elevator Operator
In their early days, elevators functioned with levers that required manual operation in order to keep the elevators moving smoothly, efficiently, and at the correct speed and to ensure they stopped on the correct floor. To that end, elevator operators performed this job.
Department stores and other establishments eventually had their elevator operators function as greeters and tour guides who would announce the products on each floor and inform customers of special deals.
The widespread introduction of user-operated elevators with push buttons rendered elevator operators almost completely unnecessary. Today, they exist sparingly and mostly provide an old-world charm in monuments such as the Space Needle in Seattle.