Who Will Be The Most Important People After Societal Collapse?

Do you have what it takes to be one of the most important or sought-after people after the collapse of society as we know it today?

There will be several significant groups of talents which will strongly affect the course of events or the nature of things following a breakdown of modern society…


These primary groups will be made up with those who have contributing knowledge, experience and skills having to do with our basic and necessary ‘needs’ for long term survival. Within each group will be subsets of skills (some of which will reach across other groups), and these subsets will each relate and contribute up towards the the primary objective of each group.


Gardeners, Farmers, Horticulture

Anyone with expertise related to the procurement of food, will be deemed important.

Successful gardeners and farmers will be highly valued, even more than those with hunting skills, because the probable situation will be a diminishing harvest of wild animal resources for consumption after a fairly short while in many areas. The skills for raising livestock will also be important, although these animals will need food and water too…

The fact is, humans can live from the right foods grown in the ground, and those with experience in this area will be providing a life-sustaining asset to the group, and may be the most important of all.


Water Management, Environmental Engineer, Plumbing

Anyone who has experience with things having to do with all things ‘water’, including procuring, storing, and treatment for drinking, waste management, irrigation, and the associated plumbing, construction, and electro-mechanical skills to build, power, and maintain these systems.

Living without power, cars, electronics or running water may seem like a nightmare scenario but to pioneers it was just the way life was. Having the skills to survive without modern conveniences is not only smart in case SHTF, it’s also great for the environment. Keep in mind that the key to a successful homestead does not only lie on being able to grow your own food but on other skills as well. Learning these skills will take time, patience and perseverance, and not all of these skills are applicable to certain situations. Hopefully, though, you managed to pick up some great ideas that will inspire you and get you started! Just like our forefathers used to do,  The Lost Ways Book teaches you how you can survive in the worst-case scenario with the minimum resources available.It comes as a step-by-step guide accompanied by pictures and teaches you how to use basic ingredients to make super-food for your loved ones.


Safe drinking water. Sanitation. Watering/irrigating your garden. It’s one thing to deal with this for yourself, but it’s quite another to provide for a group, especially and potentially without today’s modern infrastructure systems.



Anyone with the hands-on skills to build and maintain things having to do with ‘shelter’, especially those with the ability to work with more primitive methods of building and constructing without electricity. These are the people who could build from materials that are available, things like shelters/home, barns/out-buildings, fences, and other infrastructure.

This group might include people who are knowledgeable in the field of alternative energy, which could be extremely valuable assuming that the associated materials and equipment have been procured and are operational. Utilizing water for energy, the sun, and the ‘how-to’ knowledge to apply it.


Protection, Security

Anyone with particular experience and skills having to do with all things ‘security’ will be very important, and a necessary asset to the overall group in order to establish defensive and offensive plans and procedures dealing with others who may wish to do the unit harm.

There is little doubt that during an all-out collapse that this group will be a very important asset, especially during the initial timeline when the sheeple have just realized that they’re up the creek without a paddle… and the immediate months that will follow.

While just about anyone can shoot a firearm, etc., the best in this group will probably be those with direct experience with such strategic and combat issues… ex-military, police, security, etc.


Doctors, Nurses, Medical

Anyone having worked in the medical field, especially doctors and nurses, will be a life-saving asset for injuries, which will surely happen.

Without the luxuries afforded us by our modern medical systems (hospitals, high-tech, etc.), any injury could rapidly become life-threatening. Safety should and will become a very important habit in a post-collapse world.
In summary, immediately following the collapse of society will not leave enough time to learn and become successful at new skills such as farming or gardening, for example. Your mistakes could cost your life (no food). So, this implies that those who already have the skills, will be the one’s who stand a better chance of longer term survival.

Word of the day: Prepare! And do it the old fashion way, like our fore-fathers did it and succeed long before us, because what lies ahead of us will require all the help we can get. Watch this video and learn the 3 skills that ensured our ancestors survival in hard times of  famine and war.


I know that this is all pretty logical stuff having to do with rebuilding and sustaining a community, but it warrants thought. Many in modern society have skills which would be useless post-disaster. Knowing that… may motivate some of you to learn one or two ‘basic’ skills which may contribute to saving your life IF you ever needed them for real…

While the list above is off the top of my head while contemplating only what may be the ‘most’ important of the many… there are many others which will be of practical and useful input to a group after a societal collapse. Feel free to add to the list with your comments…

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by Ken Jorgustin, Modern Survival Blog

26 Replies to “Who Will Be The Most Important People After Societal Collapse?

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  4. Blacksmiths, tool makers.
    Metal working is what brought man out of the jungle into the light of civilization.
    Man stole fire from the Gods and learned to take rocks out of the ground and make things.
    Without modern ammunition, flintlocks may come back into style, and a good black smith also should know how to make black powder.
    Before there were engineers, there were black smiths.
    I went Galt twenty five years ago, and went from being a robotics engineer, to a black smith.
    I have never been happier.

  5. The higher frequency raising of the planet is freaking the evil ones to act out further as the turn takes place to a new world of higher consciousness. It will not go as above stated. Stop feeding into the negative. Positive thoughts that truth will prevail and good will rise up will empower the frequency raising to take place faster. You are feeding into their neg matrix. Join the new matrix.

    1. Hate to say it Seer, but you are simply delusional and living in a fairytale world. Mthe satanic forces have taken over in a manner tnat you are ignoring and no amount of “higher frequency” will change that fact.
      I know your kind……out of touch, immature, lost in the land of people who will meditate themsleves to death when TSHTF…….

      1. So why do I also have NZ residency and a valid passport obtained long ago? Sheesh – get evolved and into higher frequency!
        I assume you have no idea about powerful “force fields” either! Sheesh!

  6. I had a friend in the National Guard,tell me stock up on AMMO,they’ll quit making it and will NEVER start again,after a few years it will completely disappear,IT WILL BECOME priceless in value,IT WILL BE THE NEW MONEY for a long while till its all gone,Then it’ll be black power rifles again,the ones with a good supply of rifle ammo will be a KING,for many years…..but of course it will be those who managed to survive,which won’t be many………..

    1. And which group do you think you will be in?
      With your ugly attitude you will be finished off pronto…….by your fellow “survivors”. Nobody wants an angry, belittling. Know it all around them. You will open your smartassed mouth to the wrong person and that will be your demise.

  7. Don’t forget machinists and tool makers. Everything you use started out as a machined part. When stuff wears out the only ones who can make new are thes folks
    Think of this group as the blacksmiths of history every weapon and implement for gardening or building starts with this skill set

  8. You are forgetting one big thing in this senerio. The Russian. The Chineese. The Iranians. Koreans (north). All the Muslims contries. They will invade! All the gardens in the world wont help then. Obama will make the milatary lay down.

    1. YEP,PAUL your right,we will be invaded and ITS GOING TO BE THE WORSE BLOODBATH IN HISTORY,how many americans will survive,NOT many,the LORD already told his people be ready to come home,THERE WILL ONLY BE A FEW SURVIVORS IN AMERICA,and I mean VERY FEW,maybe a thousand or less,and I seriously don’t think it will be that many……POLE SHIFT,INVASION AND “NUCLEAR WAR” not many of anything will survive that……..

  9. As I see it, Medical training, Engineers, Horticulturists, Herbalists, Mechanics and construction personnel will be the most vital if Amerika ends up in a Mad Max scenario.

    Security is going to be learned very quickly so it’s not needed as common sense will carry you a long way. As long as you remember what the basics for survival are it can be a much easier road when the going gets tough. Food, water, shelter, clothing and fire and medical training for those times you need to heal people.

    1. Don’t open your hood to strangers!
      How many people nowadays know how to identify an ‘a’ or ‘b’ type generator?
      The ‘just in time’ mentality of today was completely different from yesterday, it wasn’t that
      the parts showed up ‘just in time’ it was more like the machine was “FIXED” just in time. It
      has saddened me immensely to see the majority of today’s technicians only replace components
      instead of repair them. I have witnessed too many times a computer-era mechanic say that there is
      nothing wrong with the machine because their lap-top says so, despite the machine not running worth a damn and falling apart.
      Same thing goes for a lot of today’s new doctors, the majority only know how to prescribe meds
      as opposed to actually rendering treatment leading to a cure. Just because there is a ‘bs’ of this
      or a ‘bs’ of that in front of their name, doesn’t mean that they actually know what they are doing.
      If you are told that they can’t fix or treat whatever (I’m not talking a blown engine or 20 ft. of intestines hanging out) because they don’t have all the tools, you could be dealing with a person of limited imagination and improvisational skills. Just saying.

      1. I am very concerned by what I am seeing. I am a military COIN trained pragmatist.
        Prepping is necessary, but will not save you. You will be dealing first with social destabilization which
        means hungry people, displaced people, irate behavior and dangerous gangs. Secondly regime trained police or federalized police departments will be A serious threat. Your generator won’t help you there.
        Thirdly when that phase nears the end of its cycle, you will be dealing with UN & Contractor paramilitary troops who are professionals. Add total surveillance and you have no where to run, if they are targeting you. How about some reality here folks. Beans, bullets and Band-aids will not save you. a TRAINED MIND AND BODY HAS THE GREATEST CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.
        I am beginning to get the notion that this site is set up to down-play the conditions, leaving people vulnerable. Your mind-set is your greatest ally.

  10. The Natsarim (in english: Nazarene) will be vitally important as well because they know the true name of our Father, follow His Word correctly and understand what really will happen. 99 percent of pastors, ministers, priests, etc…have no clue. They will be in a huge pickle when people come to them for answers. Thanks be to our Father who has raised up a group of faithful men and women that will be able to help the masses understand the what, the why, the where and the Who of everything going on around them. We guard, we watch, we speak truth and lives are changed through the power of all of our Father’s Word. Shalom

  11. I see we are still pretending that the globalist government is going to disappear.
    Not realistic at all.

    1. I agree.
      Not only will they not disappear or retreat, they have “weapons” that have not yet been displayed. As well, they have weapons tnat have been field tested in the ME that Americans are simply ignorant of. While a huge stash of ammo per individual will help to decrease the numbers of the “hired murderers” it will be a most difficult and ugly scenario. Tnere is no shortage of men willing to sell their bery souls, kill tneir fellow humans, all for a friggin paycheck……I am not here referring to the people who actually have a soul and a conscience who are employed by tneir local, state, county, or even gov to provide securoty and protection to the citizens. I am referring to the huge population of literal “psychopaths” who now exist in numbers previously unimaginable……….they aree the ones who will be in the blue hats, or in the mercenary squads, or even local, state and mi,itary services who willingly kill and slaughter simply because it does not bother them to do so.
      The least of our worries will be our fellow hungry citizens.

      1. I am so pleased to finally here a realist response. It is somewhat natural for Americans to want to believe the best after years of living in a protected state. That day is over. I was in Bosnia, I have seen what people do to each other. I also have 22yrs experience and education in Social movements and political Insurgency. When folks decide to decide to embrace conflict as a natural part of human existence, then people may see some marginal successes in their local areas. Until they repent of these delusional mentalities, they are doomed to constant failure and collapse.

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