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Jobs

For jobs that individuals in the public eye have done in the past (etc.), see Occupations (in the People section).

Statistician who calculates risks, premiums and dividends for an insurance company Click to show or hide the answer
Fellmonger: buys and sells (and cures) Click to show or hide the answer
Fletchers made Click to show or hide the answer
Tonsorialist Click to show or hide the answer
Italian word used for someone who serves behind the counter in a coffee shop Click to show or hide the answer
'Tapster' is an archaic term for someone who works in a Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Coopers make Click to show or hide the answer
Second electrician on a film set Click to show or hide the answer
Faldstool: used by a Click to show or hide the answer
Might use headers, stretchers, or queen closers Click to show or hide the answer
Trade originally practised in places called The Shambles (e.g. York, Manchester) Click to show or hide the answer
Chandlers made (originally) Click to show or hide the answer
Wainwrights made Click to show or hide the answer
Male equivalent of a nursing sister Click to show or hide the answer
An awl or a last would be used by a Click to show or hide the answer
Smallholder in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland Click to show or hide the answer
Gaffer and Best Boy (on a film set) are Click to show or hide the answer
Mahout: someone who handles Click to show or hide the answer
Responsible for post–production sound effects on a film Click to show or hide the answer
Costermonger (a costard was a type of ribbed apple) sells Click to show or hide the answer
Senior electrician on a film set Click to show or hide the answer
Tailor's smoothing iron (from the shape of its handle) Click to show or hide the answer
In charge of camera support equipment (mounts, etc.) on a film set Click to show or hide the answer
Seller of buttons, ribbons, hooks, tapes etc. Click to show or hide the answer
Splitting back, buch heading, laying: activities involved in Click to show or hide the answer
Coper Click to show or hide the answer
Senior grip on a film set Click to show or hide the answer
Profession governed by benchers Click to show or hide the answer
Dewey decimal system: used by Click to show or hide the answer
Term used in the USA (in the days before containerisation) for a highly skilled dock worker, a specialist in loading and unloading ships (cf. Stevedore) Click to show or hide the answer
Many workers suffered from "phossy jaw" – necrosis of the jaw bones caused by chronic exposure to phosphorus vapour Click to show or hide the answer
The staff of the Greek god Hermes, known as the caduceus (cad-YOO-see-us) – with a serpent coiled round it – is nowadays the symbol of (profession) Click to show or hide the answer
What made hatters mad? Click to show or hide the answer
Someone who designs, makes and/or sells hats (is a hatter, or a) Click to show or hide the answer
Someone who scavenges in river mud for items of value – especially in London during the Industrial Revolution Click to show or hide the answer
Braider: makes Click to show or hide the answer
Nickname of the waitresses in Lyons' Corner Houses and Tea Houses Click to show or hide the answer
Stablehand at an inn – from the French word for a hotelier Click to show or hide the answer
"Popping" (e.g. in Pop goes the weasel, "to pop one's clogs") refers to Click to show or hide the answer
Medical technician trained to take blood Click to show or hide the answer
'Pargeter' is an archaic term for a Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Uses PTFE tape Click to show or hide the answer
'Limner' is an archaic term for a Click to show or hide the answer
Rides on the near side to guide a team of horses drawing a coach Click to show or hide the answer
Saggar–maker's bottom–knocker: industry Click to show or hide the answer
A swizzle is used (to make voices) by Click to show or hide the answer
Hospital doctors: junior to a consultant, senior to a houseman Click to show or hide the answer
Church caretaker, gravedigger, bellringer etc. Click to show or hide the answer
The word 'snob' is first recorded in the late 18th century, as a term for a Click to show or hide the answer
'Cordwainer' is an archaic term for a Click for more information
Farrier Click to show or hide the answer
The original freelancers were Click to show or hide the answer
Term used in the UK (in the days before containerisation) for a highly skilled dock worker, a specialist in loading and unloading ships (cf. Longshoreman) Click to show or hide the answer
A theodolite is an instrument used by a Click to show or hide the answer
Civilian merchant who sells provisions to an army in the field Click to show or hide the answer
Tapicer (one of Chaucer's pilgrims was one) made Click to show or hide the answer
In the Roman Empire: a publican was a Click to show or hide the answer
Must pass "The Knowledge" before being granted a licence (in London) Click to show or hide the answer
Symbolised by a torch Click to show or hide the answer
Mercer: traded in Click to show or hide the answer
"Nob thatcher" is an 18th century slang term (especially in the American colonies, apparently) for someone who made Click to show or hide the answer

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