Following on from the thread about 'Self Checkouts' I got to thinking about other jobs once done by 'people' but which have now almost (if not completely) disappeared. Of course I can only base this on the UK where I live, but perhaps other countries have seen the same and other jobs that no longer exist. Here's a few that come immediately to mind: Sales Assistants - This one particularly in supermarkets and other large stores. Gone are the days when you went to a 'department/counter' with an assistant there to serve you. Now it's carry a basket or push a large trolley around before going through the checkout. Bus Conductors - New style buses mean that the job of collecting fares is now done by the 'driver'. Train Conductors/guards - I'm almost certain that at one time you could pay your fare on the train, but now you either buy your ticket from the station office or from a machine and a guard will check your ticket on the train - although not always. Petrol Pump Attendants - Now you serve yourself. Car Park Attendants - Replaced by ticket machines. Factory Workers - I've added this one because although I'm sure there will still be plenty of jobs done by actual people - I'm wondering how many people 'have' been replaced by machines in some factories. Door To Door Sales - I put door to door but I was largely thinking of companies like bakeries and 'pop wagons'. My father worked for a bakery firm and would take a van around the streets - people would come to the van and buy all kinds of 'bakery items'. I also remember a wagon coming around every week and you could buy all kinds of soft drinks. Coal Deliveries - Obviously - the emergence of 'central heating' wiped this job out - along with all the miners. So there are just a few jobs that came to mind which are no longer available. Can anyone think of others - do other countries have other jobs that are now none existent ?