With a constantly evolving workplace, new careers are constantly being created. In other instances, professions that may have once been a mainstay of civilization, such as being a blacksmith, have fallen by the wayside. Still, there are many different careers that have stood the test of time and are still extremely relevant to modern life. Here are five of the oldest careers that are still around today.
One of everyone’s favorite activities is enjoying music. What you may not know is that being a musician is one of the oldest professions on Earth. In fact, archaeologists have found ancient animal bones that were chiseled with holes so they could be used as flutes. These instruments were created over two million years ago at the onset of human civilization and technology. Music has gone on to survive biblical times and the middle ages to flourish during the Renaissance. Today, being in a band or a symphony orchestra seems like common place. However, many may not know that music has been with human beings for nearly as long as they have walked the planet. Music certainly isn’t going to disappear anytime soon, and with new business opportunities and new ways to build a fan following online, it’s still a profitable career for many talented people.
Another career that is almost as old as the human race is being an artist. As most of us know, the first paintings appeared on cave dwellings. These paintings were created more than 32,000 years ago. Since that time, creating art has evolved into a profession in nearly every civilization. This included the ancient Egyptians, the Mayans, the Romans, and the ancient Chinese. Art was further refined due to the work of famous Renaissance painters like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo that was paid for by royalty, the church, and noblemen. Being an artist, however, isn’t as profitable as it has been in the past. Many artists can still find very decent pay in the fields of advertising and art design, and with new graphics programs, there are ample opportunities to create sellable works of art.
One of the most popular professions sought by college students is that of the accountant. Accountants are also indispensible to all decent sized businesses and nearly everyone around tax time. This career field is certainly here to stay. What you may not know is that the profession of accounting has been around for thousands of years. The earliest records of accounting in fact were discovered in places like Babylon and Syria and date back seven thousand years. Accounting even predates money, and was originally used to keep track of a person’s possessions including crops and animals.
Designing buildings is another career that has lasted through much of human history. Since the first time that human beings came up with the idea of creating their own living quarters, architecture needed to be designed. This craft evolved through history from the work of the ancient Egyptians, who built the gigantic engineering marvels of the pyramids, to the thousands of architects employed in every country in the world. This is one career field certain to never vanish.
Lastly, another career that has stood the test of time is that of the tailor. The need for covering oneself emerged as soon as human beings confronted cold weather. However, the career became a mainstay of civilized life sometime during the Renaissance when creating garments developed into a refined profession. The traditional career field has unfortunately declined in recent history due to the development of large clothing stores, but with the rise of haute couture fashion and crafting sites like Etsy.com, it’s certainly possible to make a good living.