These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Administrative Assistants

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 10 months ago
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It’s tough to be a administrative assistant 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 administrative assistant isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become administrative assistants in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many administrative assistants 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 administrative assistants 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 administrative assistants:

  1. Customer Service Representative
  2. Office Manager
  3. Executive Assistant
  4. Sales Associate
  5. Office Assistant
  6. Receptionist
  7. Internship
  8. Human Resources Coordinator
  9. Cashier
  10. Assistant Manager

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a administrative assistant 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 administrative assistants 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 administrative assistants:

  1. Office Administrator
  2. Accounting Clerk
  3. Paralegal
  4. Program Coordinator
  5. Data Entry Clerk
  6. Bookkeeper
  7. Data Entry Associate
  8. Accounts Receivable Specialist
  9. Front Desk Receptionist
  10. Marketing Coordinator

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 Administrative Assistants

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed administrative assistant under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a administrative assistant, 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 administrative assistants.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Administrative Assistants

Job Title Rank %
Customer Service Representative 1 3.01%
Office Manager 2 2.61%
Executive Assistant 3 1.87%
Sales Associate 4 1.46%
Office Assistant 5 1.07%
Receptionist 6 0.83%
Internship 7 0.76%
Human Resources Coordinator 8 0.76%
Cashier 9 0.73%
Assistant Manager 10 0.66%
Substitute Teacher 11 0.66%
Legal Assistant 12 0.64%
Server 13 0.57%
Office Administrator 14 0.56%
Accounts Payable Clerk 15 0.53%
Manager 16 0.52%
Executive Administrative Assistant 17 0.51%
Teacher 18 0.51%
Volunteer 19 0.51%
Billing Specialist 20 0.48%
Human Resources Assistant 21 0.47%
Senior Administrative Assistant 22 0.46%
Coordinator 23 0.4%
Administrator 24 0.4%
Project Coordinator 25 0.39%
Medical Assistant 26 0.39%
Secretary 27 0.36%
Administrative Coordinator 28 0.36%
Sales Representative 29 0.34%
Customer Service Trainer 30 0.34%
Operations Manager 31 0.34%
Project Manager 32 0.32%
Account Manager 33 0.31%
Assistant 34 0.31%
Specialist 35 0.3%
Owner 36 0.3%
Human Resources Manager 37 0.28%
Team Leader 38 0.27%
Certified Nursing Assistant 39 0.27%
Associate 40 0.27%
Supervisor 41 0.27%
Accounting Clerk 42 0.26%
Store Manager 43 0.26%
Case Manager 44 0.25%
Paralegal 45 0.25%
Clerk 46 0.25%
Program Coordinator 47 0.25%
Administrative Specialist 48 0.25%
Data Entry Clerk 49 0.25%
Bookkeeper 50 0.24%
Research Assistant 51 0.24%
Accounting Assistant 52 0.24%
Data Entry Associate 53 0.24%
Accounts Receivable Specialist 54 0.24%
Teacher Assistant 55 0.22%
Front Desk Receptionist 56 0.22%
Registered Nurse 57 0.22%
Assistant Office Manager 58 0.22%
Program Manager 59 0.22%
Customer Service Associate 60 0.22%
Marketing Coordinator 61 0.21%
Teller 62 0.21%
Program Assistant 63 0.21%
Home Health Aid 64 0.21%
Pharmacist Technician 65 0.2%
Administrative Support 66 0.2%
Marketing Assistant 67 0.2%
Consultant 68 0.19%
Customer Service Specialist 69 0.19%
Data Analyst 70 0.19%
Human Resource Specialist 71 0.19%
Personal Assistant 72 0.19%
Legal Secretary 73 0.18%
Recruiter 74 0.18%
Medical Receptionist 75 0.18%
Service Representative 76 0.18%
Graphic Designer 77 0.18%
Accountant 78 0.17%
Buyer 79 0.17%
Account Executive 80 0.17%
Human Resources Generalist 81 0.17%
Analyst 82 0.17%
Security Officer 83 0.16%
Property Manager 84 0.16%
Operations Specialist 85 0.16%
Medical Records Clerk 86 0.16%
Support Specialist 87 0.16%
Service Coordinator 88 0.15%
General Manager 89 0.15%
Recruiting Coordinator 90 0.15%
Owner/Operator 91 0.15%
Preschool Teacher 92 0.15%
Human Resources Administrative Assistant 93 0.14%
Business Analyst 94 0.14%
Unit Secretary 95 0.14%
Sales Assistant 96 0.14%
Sales Manager 97 0.13%
Assistant Director 98 0.13%
Technician 99 0.13%
Operations Coordinator 100 0.12%