“What professions would be the most valuable in an apocalyptic world?” asks a person on Reddit. “Blogging,” is the most shared answer, followed by “slideshow making” and “social media managing.” “Sitting in front of a computer all day,” super important. “Having no idea how to do anything or get anywhere without Google” is just obvious, apocalypse or not.
The small town I grew up in was surrounded by factories and existed for the sole reason of supporting the local paper mill, which employed most of our residents and brought people in from outside cities. In the surrounding areas, there were numerous paper mills and medical supply factories. Everyone in my immediate family worked in a factory at one time or another; some still do.