These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Accountants

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 10 months ago
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It’s tough to be a accountant nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a accountant isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become accountants in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many accountants no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former accountants to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former accountants:

  1. Senior Accountant
  2. Controller
  3. Staff Accountant
  4. Accounting Manager
  5. Finance Analyst
  6. Accounts Payable Clerk
  7. Senior Finance Analyst
  8. Chief Finance Officer
  9. Bookkeeper
  10. Office Manager

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a accountant would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former accountants to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former accountants:

  1. Controller
  2. Accounting Manager
  3. Senior Finance Analyst
  4. Chief Finance Officer
  5. Bookkeeper
  6. Finance Manager
  7. Accounting Clerk
  8. Assistant Controller
  9. Accounting Supervisor
  10. Finance Director

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Accountants

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed accountant under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a accountant, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former accountants.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Accountants

Job Title Rank %
Senior Accountant 1 6.03%
Controller 2 3.82%
Staff Accountant 3 3.76%
Accounting Manager 4 3.31%
Finance Analyst 5 2.99%
Accounts Payable Clerk 6 1.52%
Senior Finance Analyst 7 1.45%
Chief Finance Officer 8 1.14%
Bookkeeper 9 1.1%
Office Manager 10 1.1%
Finance Manager 11 1.09%
Consultant 12 1.0%
Accounting Clerk 13 0.96%
Assistant Controller 14 0.91%
Cost Accountant 15 0.89%
Accounting Supervisor 16 0.81%
Finance Director 17 0.77%
Administrative Assistant 18 0.72%
Business Analyst 19 0.69%
Owner 20 0.67%
Human Resources Coordinator 21 0.57%
Tax Accountant 22 0.56%
Business Manager 23 0.53%
Payroll Administrator 24 0.52%
Vice President 25 0.5%
Customer Service Representative 26 0.49%
Manager 27 0.48%
Analyst 28 0.47%
Certified Public Accountant 29 0.45%
Tax Preparer 30 0.45%
Finance Controller 31 0.45%
Accounts Receivable Specialist 32 0.44%
Auditor 33 0.43%
Accounting Assistant 34 0.43%
Account Manager 35 0.43%
Senior Staff Accountant 36 0.43%
Accounting Consultant 37 0.42%
Substitute Teacher 38 0.41%
Accounting Analyst 39 0.41%
Human Resources Manager 40 0.4%
Billing Specialist 41 0.4%
Internal Auditor 42 0.39%
Sales Associate 43 0.38%
Project Accountant 44 0.37%
Operations Manager 45 0.36%
Cashier 46 0.33%
Assistant Manager 47 0.33%
Volunteer 48 0.33%
Accountant-Contractor 49 0.32%
Accountant And Office Manager 50 0.31%
Corporate Controller 51 0.3%
Finance Consultant 52 0.29%
General Ledger Accountant 53 0.28%
Accounting Director 54 0.27%
Charge Bookkeeper 55 0.26%
Project Manager 56 0.26%
Associate 57 0.26%
Corporate Accountant 58 0.25%
Treasurer 59 0.25%
General Manager 60 0.25%
General Accountant 61 0.24%
Senior Auditor 62 0.24%
Supervisor 63 0.23%
Account Analyst 64 0.23%
Accounts Payable Supervisor 65 0.23%
Senior Analyst 66 0.23%
Internship 67 0.23%
Accountant/Consultant 68 0.23%
Plant Controller 69 0.21%
Teacher 70 0.21%
Accounts Payable Manager 71 0.21%
Budget Analyst 72 0.21%
Payroll Specialist 73 0.21%
Fixed Asset Accountant 74 0.2%
Owner/Operator 75 0.19%
Tax Analyst 76 0.19%
Comptroller 77 0.19%
Finance Officer 78 0.19%
Accounting Associate 79 0.19%
Revenue Accountant 80 0.19%
Finance Administrator 81 0.19%
Team Leader 82 0.18%
Payroll Manager 83 0.18%
Assistant Vice President 84 0.17%
Finance Specialist 85 0.17%
Control Accountant 86 0.16%
Program Manager 87 0.16%
Director 88 0.16%
Senior Tax Accountant 89 0.16%
Office Administrator 90 0.16%
Fund Accountant 91 0.16%
Accounting Technician 92 0.15%
Senior Manager 93 0.15%
Tax Associate 94 0.15%
Division Controller 95 0.15%
Account Leader 96 0.15%
Senior Associate 97 0.15%
President 98 0.14%
Account Auditor 99 0.14%
Administrator 100 0.14%