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In the 21st century, the challenge of career choice is finding an area that includes skills and knowledge that will stay relevant – and not be taken over by robots as automation becomes more sophisticated.

What will take Computer programmer, web developer, surgeon, Uber driver? Maybe there is a lesson or two that you can learn from previous jobs that went the dinosaur path.

In some cases, we're old enough to remember jobs that have largely disappeared – the milkman, anyone? – but other jobs are gone so long that you can hardly remember them. Here are some examples of both types of professions from the past.

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