Labor markets, and the jobs within them, are constantly re-inventing themselves. And sometimes they leave behind curious relics, including the period of time when companies were hiring Chief Electricity Officers.
At one time, large organizations needed another type of CEO - the Chief Electricity Officer. Before there was an accessible and reliable grid to plug into, organizations that needed electricity employed a CEO. They became extinct over 100 years ago...
It's an interesting example of the way job openings ebb and flow with the emergence of new technologies, but it's also an example of how jobs transition. People may not be figure out how companies can best use electricity, but they are employed to figure out new tech, ranging from to social media.
What do you think the jobs 50 years from now will look like? Tell us about the jobs that will disappear, the ones that will stick around, and the ones that will transform into something else entirely.
Image: 1899 picture of Tesla in his Laboratory, Century magazine via wikimedia