Any countries where certain professions don't exist?

I’ve started watching a private detective series set in Ireland on Netflix called Jack Taylor. In the very first episode there’s a claim that there are no private detective in Ireland, that is “smacks of informant” and the attitude of people would make that a particularly dangerous career. Of course the lead guy is an ex-cop, and manages to get away with it.

That sounds extremely far fetched to me, and if anyone can confirm or deny this claim, great. But it got me thinking about what professions might not exist in some places for various reasons. And I couldn’t really think of any. Prostitution is illegal of course in most places, but it certainly exists in most places too. (everywhere? I dunno)

So, are there professions that don’t exists in some places, and if so, why? I think we should exclude failed states like Somalia – as the whole economy there barely exists.

There are no starship engineers in Tibet.

Well, that’s a start. :wink:

No nuclear engineering jobs in the Cayman Islands.

Actually the first Caymanian I ever met was working on his PhD in Nuclear Physics, specifically how to computer model nuclear bomb explosions instead of actually detonating one in order to test it.

Alcohol is absolutely prohibited in Brunei and a few other countries, even for foreigners, so I guess bartenders are right out.

Iceland has long prohibited the importation of exotic animals, so I doubt there are any llama herders or ostrich ranchers there.

I thought for a minute that I had another, until I came up with a 1950 journal article about a parasitic disease among swineherds in Israel.

I was going to make a joke about Switerland’s Navy, but apparently, they actually have one!

No snake charmers in Ireland.

No snowplow drivers in Libya.

Bail bondsmen outside the US, and it looks like the Philippines, too. PIs are all over though, I don’t know how Ireland works. Informing would be a bigger deal in the north, especially in a certain era.

US doesn’t have barristers or solicitors. Just lawyers. Insert joke about keeping the evil in one place. Lots of other places don’t either, though. Mainly in UK-influenced areas ( /common law).

Re: Israel - it has a good amount of Arab Christians. And I don’t mean in Palestine.

Great, we have two broadly applicable categories – no industry jobs if the industry doesn’t exist locally, and some industries don’t exist because of geological limitations. Presumably there are a number of landlocked countries without either navies or shipyards.

Surely not every country has automobile factories? I guess a lot have component factories but assembly is sparse, maybe?

But surely most every country has factories with assembly lines, so if there is a profession of “assembler”, it would be almost everywhere.

There’s only one pig in Afghanistan so, presumably, there are no swineherds there. And, I imagine, for much of the rest of the middle east.

Maybe it is not exactly a profession, not full time anyway, but the Notary Public is a thing in the USA but not in Britain. A British solicitor can (and sometimes does) perform equivalent functions, but a solicitor is a fully qualified lawyer, whereas an American Notary does not need to be.

Are you sure? It may not be a safe assumption.

We have them in Florida. Just not used for snow.

Australia will no longer manufacture automobiles as of 2017.

Or Panama. No ski instructors or pro ice hockey players either.

Until 1991, there were no EMTs (emergency medical technicians) in Japan. Ambulances were strictly for transporting patients to the hospital, and did not carry medically trained personnel to provide emergency care.

No film/video projectionists in Saudi Arabia.

It wouldn’t surprise me if there were some nuclear engineers interviewing in the Caymans for jobs elsewhere, though.

No abortionists in Vatican City.