Humanities › History & Culture Dictionary of Old Occupations - Occupations That Begin with S Share Flipboard Email Print The old occupation "snobscat" or "snob" actually denotes a cobbler, or repairer of shoes. Getty / Zero Creatives History & Culture Genealogy Vital Records Around the World Basics Surnames Genealogy Fun American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated March 06, 2017 The occupations found recorded in documents from prior centuries often appear unusual or foreign when compared to the occupations of today. The following occupations beginning with S are generally now considered old or obsolete. Saddler - maker and repairer of saddles and bridles Saddle Tree Maker - one who creates the wooden frame for a horse saddle Salter - one who makes or deals in salt Sandler - sandle maker Savant - servant Sawbones - physician Sawyer - sawer of wood; carpenter Scabbler - person who uses a scabbler (pick) to trim the sides of a tunnel Scappler - responsible for rough-shaping stone before final dressing by a stonemason Schumacker - shoemaker or cobbler Scribler / Scribbler - minor or worthless author Scrivener - scribe or clerk; professional or public copyist or writer; notary public Scrutiner - election judge Scutcher / Skutcher - one who beat flax to extract linen fibers from flax stems Seinter - girdle maker Servitor - a clerk or secretary Sewer rat - a bricklayer who specialized in making and repairing sewers and tunnels Sexton - a church caretaker, sometimes responsible for digging graves Sharecropper - a tenant farmer who is allowed to farm (and sometimes live on) another's land in return for a percentage share of the crops produced on their portion of land Shearer - sheared wool from sheep Shearman - one who raised the surface of woolen cloth and then sheared it to a smooth surface; cutter of woolen cloth; sometimes a cutter of metal Shepster - dressmaker or sheep shearer Ship chandler - a dealer in supplies and equipment for ships and boats, known as "ship stores" Shrieve / Shriever - sheriff Shunter - railway worker responsible for coupling train cars and carriages; also known as a switcher Sickleman - a reaper Silk drawer - one who "drew" silk from silk waste for spinning Skepper / Skelper - beehive maker or seller Skinner - a flayer of animal hides for leather Slagger - a worker in a steel mill responsible for removing slag from a furnace during the smelting process. Slater / Slatter - roofer; tiler Slopseller - seller of ready-made clothes in a slop shop Slubber - a worker in a cotton or textile mill, responsible for removing the "slubs" or imperfections in the yarn prior to weaving Sluicer - one who tended the sluice in a mine (often a gold or silver mine) Smith - a metal worker, usually a blacksmith. See also the surname SMITH. Snobscat / Snob - shoe repairer; cobbler Sojourner - a traveler or traveling merchant; sometimes used to refer to a temporary (non-permanent) resident of a parish Soper - soapmaker Sorter - tailor Sperviter - a keeper of sparrow hawks Spicer - a grocer or dealer in spices Spinster - unmarried woman; spinner (female) Spit boy - a kitchen worker responsible for turning spits in the fireplace so food would cook evenly Spittleman - hospital attendant Spurrer / Spurrier - maker of spurs Squire - country gentleman; farm owner; justice of peace Staymaker - a maker of bone stays for corsets Stevedore - a dock worker or laborer who loads and unloads ship's cargos. Stoddard - a breeder or keeper of horses Stone cutter - possibly a stone mason, but often a carver of tombstones Stoner - mason Stuff Gown / Stuff Gownsman - junior barrister Surveyor - one who estimates or measures areas of land Switcher - railway worker responsible for coupling train cars and carriages; also known as a shunter Explore more old and obsolete occupations and trades in our free Dictionary of Old Occupations and Trades!