The Rise and Fall of the Secretary

Job Voyager is a cool tool that lets you see the share of the American workforce that’s been in different job categories over time. Behold the rise and fall of the secretary:


Voicemail, email, cell phones, smart phones, and laptops are rapidly making this occupational category obsolete. Also interesting to note that as of Mad Men‘s 1963 we still hadn’t arrived at Peak Secretary occurred in the 1970 Census and secretaries were a larger proportion of the population in 1990 than they had been in 1950.