Today, the Brahmins comprise about 5% of the total population of India.Traditionally, male Brahmins performed priestly services, but they may also work in jobs associated with lower castes.
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The caste system has evidently been more flexible, in terms of appropriate work for Brahmins, than one might expect.
Records from the classical and medieval periods in India mention men of the Brahmin class performing work other than carrying out priestly duties or teaching about religion.
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The early vedic writings do not provide much by way of historical detail, even on such apparently important questions as "who are the priests in this religious tradition?