"Old-Timey" Jobs Are Popular Again

A barber at work.
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According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, there are a handful of old-timey jobs that are currently making a comeback. Those include, barbers, butchers, fishmongers, craft brewers, furniture makers, and others. As the Wall Street Journal reports, "for an affluent segment of today's urban economy, these jobs have been revalued from low-status semi-manual labor to glamorous occupations."


So why are these jobs making a comeback? It's certainly not for the generous salaries — according to the Labor Department the median pay for these jobs is less than $30,00. So really what it all comes down to is trend. Style.

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Sociologist Richard Ocejo, who wrote the book Master of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy, told MSN that millennials are likely drawn to this type of work thanks to the "ephemerality of the digital age." While so much of the modern professional world takes place on screens, and in the nebulous arena of clouds and servers, these are all professions that are "based in using your hangs, with actual tools and materials, to provide a tangible concrete product," Ocejo explained.


These jobs — due to their trendy nature and low wages — do tend to attract a very certain type of person. Generally someone young, well-t0-do, and living in an urban environment.

Certainly today's version of these jobs is far more glamours than, say, the bookbinders of yore.