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The evolution
of job titles

Four decades of change

Technology, fashion, politics, economics – all of these factors keep the world in a constant state of flux. So how has the world of work been affected by the changing global landscape? This timeline shows some of the job titles that have come and gone over the last four decades.

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Technology, fashion, politics, economics – all of these factors keep the world in a constant state of flux. So how has the world of work been affected by the changing global landscape? This timeline shows some of the job titles that have come and gone over the last four decades.

1980
1981

The first IBM-PC is released.

Keypunch Operator

1982
1983

The compact disc (CD) goes on sale for the first time in the UK.

Motorola releases its first ever commercial mobile phone, the DynaTAC 8000X - costing £2,639.

Switchboard Operator

1984

Across several regions of the UK, British miners go on strike to protest the closure of coal pits.

Colliery Viewer

1985
1986

The first PC virus, known as Brain, begins to spread.

Anti-Virus Software Developer

1987
1988

For the first time, the sales of CDs exceed the sales of vinyl records.

Record Press Operator

1989