A lot has changed over the years since the rule of Queen Victoria or the famous Victorian Era. Sure, people are still pretty confused when it comes to career path in modern times too, but some professions back in the 19th century were incredibly weird and completely different than professions we have these days. In the beginning of the reign of Queen Victoria, most people lived in villages and worked on the land, while by 1901, the year the Queen died, most people moved in towns and took jobs in offices, stores and factories.
Occupations from this era can give us a glimpse into the life of our ancestors and reveal some fascinating details. And as we mentioned, there are some pretty weird jobs that most of us have not even heard about. As many historians describe this era in details we don't even dare to analyze, we can simply say that the Victorian era was... unique. By matching your personality traits with job requirements and job description, we can tell your 19th century profession based on your zodiac sign. Some weird, some non-existent today, some awesome and some poor. Do you want to find out what you used to do for living in the Victorian era? Here you go:
In the 19th century, working-class people had no alarm clocks or phones or any other devices that could wake them up from sleep at a specific time. So how did they use to get up in the morning? With the help of human alarm clocks, or famously known as knocker-ups. These individuals had to be responsible and organized just like you, Aries, which is why this must have been your 19th century profession. Your job description has included something like: go to that tall building, knock on the door a few times, move along to the next door, knock a few times and so on. The most diligent knocker-ups, such as yourself, Aries, would actually wait until they see their customers woke.
(Aries, you might wanna read this: How Much Are You Into Yourself According To The Zodiac?)
Taurus: Newspaper Crier
Before the Internet and now social media networks happened, news were delivered in a much different way. Newspaper criers were responsible to sell the daily paper by shouting the headlines as loudest as possible. These 19th century social media experts needed to have a lot of physical stamina and good at communication with people. The sensual Taurus may not be the most skilled conversationalist of the zodiac, but their stamina level is unmatched. You can shout all day long with no rest. You are honest, direct and most importantly, hardworking person who never gives up. Your stubborn nature would make you a perfect newspaper crier.
Before the 1960s, instead of computerized and modernized railways, trains were assisted by a person known as a signalman. The signal man was responsible for making signals using flags and lights and making sure all trains were moving in the right direction. As communicative, talkative, smart and individuals who always see both sides of any situation, you, Gemini, are a perfect fit for this job. You may not know what is best for you all the time, but you are exceptional when it comes to helping people make right decision. Geminis are problem solving minded and responsible individuals who are the kings of multitasking.
… because there's no better way to comfort your family and friends. In the Victorian era, bread was an important part of people's diet and the prices were even regulated by the government because of many frauds. Cancerians, ironically like bread, are tough on the outside but soft on the inside. Dependable, responsive and nurturing, you are not afraid of hard work, which is how baking in the 19th century is usually described. The high public demand for pastry in that era means it was very likely to become reach as a baker by selling quality products. Due to your nurturing and protective nature, rest assured your pastries would have kept people coming back for more day after day.
Creative and artistic individuals like you, Leo, made a perfect fit for the job of a 19th century lector in a factory. People with a profile just like Leo's were responsible for breaking the rough and monotonous factory work by reading news, literature, poetry and other works to their colleagues. Oratorical and pronunciation skills were a must, acting was a plus. When the reading was good, the workers would even drop their tools to applaud. Moreover, you are naturally good at sharing your positive and enthusiastic energy. Reading newspaper may not sound like a nobel job, but it certainly was important to those millions of factory workers who were stuck doing monotonous job for living.
Phrenologist was a very common profession in the 19th century and those who practiced it were considered true geniuses, just like you, Virgo, usually are. Phrenology is a pseudo-medicine focused on measurements of the human skull and with its help, people, I mean Virgos, used to read people's intelligence. As a perfectionist, detail-oriented and scientific-inclined, you certainly made a successful phrenologist who earned fame on reading people's minds based on their head measurements. No explanation needed why this profession is no longer in practice.
In the 19th century, physicians occupied the highest rank on the social ladder and they usually enjoyed huge reputation in their area. The social butterfly of the zodiac who loves making everything around run in flawless harmony, balance and peace made an amazing physician. You of all zodiac signs care the most about living in a healthy and happy surrounding and what better way to achieve that than to become a physician and treat and cure people of all diseases. As a master of the art of healing and an authorized individual to prescribe remedies and treatments, your contributions played a crucial part in the period before the medical field was modernized.
Scorpio: Death Photographer
The Victorians were haunted by all sorts of diseases such as measles, scarlet fever, cholera, rubella, typhus and many more, and they could not go through the day without fearing death. In that period, photography was pretty expensive and not many could afford it. So, oftentimes, families waited until a loved one had passed before ever taking a photo of them. To be a photographer of lifeless bodies takes a lot of guts and you, Scorpio, sure have them. You've had no problems staging a dead body with siblings (mostly children) and make the dead body as if it was alive during the shot.
(Are you a typical Scorpio? Find out here: TYPICAL SCORPIO CHECK)
As someone who is very friendly with the animals, you would make an awesome hostler in the 19th century. While there are a few modern occupations going by the term hostler, a 19th century hostler was a person responsible for taking care of people's horses during their stay at an inn. Your confidence, enthusiasm and zest for life make you a perfect fit for taking the four legged friends in the stable and keeping an eye on them. You love challenges and meeting new friends, so being a hostler will provide just that. And that's not all: animals love you too!
Calm, collected and ambitious individual like you would make a great farmer in the 19th century. Running a farm certainly requires a person with a skill-set of your kind: responsible, patient, diligent, ambitious, sincere, loyal, practical and organized. Your tendency to constantly climb the ladder of success along with your hard-working attitude and restless nature makes you the perfect 19th century farmer. Although this era has provided a vast of problems to the farmers, such as failing crop prices and unfair treatment by the railroads, you, Capricorn, undoubtedly have everything it takes to keep a farm running regardless of the circumstances.
Aquarius: Rat Cacher
As a big humanitarian at heart, you would certainly have a job that contributed to the humanity. In the Victorian ear, diseases were a serious threat and bloodthirsty rats were more terrifying and lethal than one would guess. Professional rat catchers used all kinds of equipment, weapons and tools to increase their efficiency at killing rats. With your innovative and original thinking, there is no doubt that your solutions to get rid of the rats helped a lot. We believe you would have been a successful professional rat catcher due to your rebellious and stubborn nature, as well as your willingness to help people no matter the costs.
Pisces: Human Computer
Before electronic computers were invented, human computers used to do their job. These people needed to perform various mathematical calculations and they were required to follow a specific set of rules, with no authority to make any changes in any case. In the zodiac, there are a few Sun signs that find a great amount of pleasure in following rules, but you, Pisces, are the biggest one for sure. These selfless people would make all calculations by hand without breaking the rules and they will find immense satisfaction knowing their employers are happy.