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5 More TEOTWAWKI Professions

In last week's post, 5 TEOTWAWKI Professions, I went over 5 potential occupations for a post-collapse world. We got a great response from you guys on additional end-of-the-world jobs, and I promised to give you 5 more this week.

As a reminder, we're looking at professions that are largely skill/knowledge based, and will be things that the average survivor will struggle to do on their own. If they need tools or equipment, it should largely be portable and sustainable in a no-grid scenario. If it requires raw materials, they should be readily available--common natural resources or easily scavenged materials. We're also looking at a post-collapse, TEOTWAWKI-type scenario, where we're looking mainly at smaller communities and pockets of "safe" regions.

1. Blacksmith
The ability to work with metal is huge--making new tools, repairing others. A forge and anvil isn't exactly portable, but they can be built/improvised from common materials. Metal can be readily scavenged from a huge variety of sources--reebar, bed frames, leaf springs, on and on.

2.General Engineering
I've wrapped this under "engineering" instead of repair, because I think it will be just as important to fabricate and build new machines as it will be to repair them. Think Mythbuster's-esque ability to use creativity and a broad range of skills to improvise and solve problems. I'd go with jack-of-all-trades and versatility over a focus in a single area.

3. Power Generation
Electricity is pretty great, and having zero source of power will pose many problems--lighting, refrigeration, . A knowledgeable and inventive person with skills in this area would be hugely valued. I don't expect conventional fuel to be readily available, so knowledge of alternative methods for generating electricity--wind, solar, hydro, wood gas, steam and so on--would be important. Heck, just having some portable solar panels and the ability to charge portable electronics and batteries would be a valuable source of trade; you would just need to protect it!

4. Ammunition Reloader
Without outside supply, the only way to replace ammunition will be through reloading. A survival reloader would need to have the typical tools of the trade (press, scale, a collection of dies, etc.), and a supply of components, but also the ability to cast lead bullets in common sizes, as well as improvise primers or mix up black powder if things got desperate.

5. Gunsmith
The average gun owner barely knows how to take apart their own firearms for cleaning, and expertise in repairing, modifying and even building firearms would be close to priceless. Basic gunsmithing tools and a collection of common spare parts can fit within a normal-size toolbox. Knowledge, experience and ingenuity will be key.


  1. I think woodworking will be a good trade skill. That will be my primary. It is not so simple that anyone can do it, and it does take some specialty tools. I have acquired a drawknife, chisels, brace drill, hand drill, bits, backsaw, hand saw, and a larger crosscut saw for material gathering. Ther is also the experience needed to properly identify wood types, and utilizing them in specific roles

  2. I agree with you! Definitely important.

  3. I also wonder if some type of security service could be useful (assuming it's a community of people).

    I also believe that community is key as highlighted below.


  4. What about paramedics. A little old fashioned street medicine would go a long way......

  5. I am the one that asked about professions and want to thank you for this. Very interesting!

  6. What about trappers and or harvesters how many people know what to look for when it comes to wild food how long will you have to wait before your crops produce

  7. It goes along with being a smith, but welding would also be a good profession. That said, you would want to stockpile gasses and other needed materials if you wanted to pursue that angle.

    Also a lumberjack could be a good profession. A lot of people know how to cut a tree down with a chainsaw, but few these days can do it with a saw or an axe. Add onto that the necessary tools and the skill to sharpen or install new handles on them and you've got a skillset that few will have.