I am quite perplexed. The first thing I thought of when I thought of the “most durable professions” isn’t even on the list:
The top 10 durable professions, according to Groves, are:
- Shepherd (rancher, livestock farmer, dairyman)
- Gardener (arborist, vinedresser, landscaper, flower farmer)
- Woodworker (cabinetmaker, finish carpenter)
- Carpenter (a builder of structures)
- Painter (siding contractor, wall covering specialist)
- Cook (chef, caterer, restauranteur)
- Brewer (winemaker, distiller)
- Innkeeper (hotelier)
Groves follows up the top 20 list with dozens of professions that received “honorable mentions.” The author cautions that his research focused on historical data rather than projecting which professions might be important in the future. Still, the longevity of professions that made the list are certain to give the readers pause before writing off trades in favor of more modern professions.
Even if he did purposefully (it had to be on purpose, right? Who could forget it?) ignore the world’s oldest profession, it’s still an interesting list.