Last October we had a look at some unusual occupations in Michigan Amish communities.  I was recently going through an Ohio Amish directory while doing book research and came across more uncommon Amish jobs.

Amish JobsAmish church directories vary.  Some have the head of household’s occupation listed; others don’t. Sometimes the listing is just a generic description of the job (“Mason” or “Roofer” or “Bakery”).  At times just the company name is given.

Some of the more interesting Amish jobs I found include:

  • House Mover
  • Fur Buyer
  • Herb Store
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Buggy Rides
  • Draftsman
  • Sports Shop
  • Homemade Ice Cream
  • Electrician
  • CNC Technician
  • Plumbing & HVAC
  • Clothes Dryer Mfg.
  • Antique Mall Owner
  • Strip Miner
  • Book Rebinding
  • Ohio Central Railroad
  • Dispatcher

These relatively rare occupations are scattered among umpteen wood craftsmen, construction workers, and farmers, of course.

But this list does give a sense that “Amish work” means more than building cabinets and milking cows.

House move photo: Lyle58/flickr


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