These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Architects

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 7 months ago
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It’s tough to be a architect 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 architect isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become architects in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many architects 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 architects 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 architects:

  1. Project Manager
  2. Solutions Architect
  3. Consultant
  4. Project Architect
  5. Senior Architect
  6. Senior Software Engineer
  7. Senior Project Manager
  8. Lead Architect
  9. Principal Architect
  10. Architect And Developer

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a architect 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 architects 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 architects:

  1. Project Manager
  2. Consultant
  3. Senior Software Engineer
  4. Senior Project Manager
  5. Senior Consultant
  6. Principal
  7. Owner
  8. Lead Technician
  9. Program Manager
  10. Senior Manager

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 Architects

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Architects

Job Title Rank %
Project Manager 1 3.67%
Solutions Architect 2 2.32%
Consultant 3 2.03%
Project Architect 4 1.64%
Senior Architect 5 1.59%
Senior Software Engineer 6 1.59%
Senior Project Manager 7 1.38%
Lead Architect 8 0.91%
Principal Architect 9 0.89%
Architect And Developer 10 0.89%
Senior Consultant 11 0.83%
Architectural Designer 12 0.83%
Principal 13 0.73%
Owner 14 0.65%
Program Manager 15 0.62%
Lead Technician 16 0.62%
Data Architect 17 0.6%
Senior Manager 18 0.6%
Designer 19 0.57%
Chief Technology Officer 20 0.57%
Enterprise Architect 21 0.57%
Team Leader 22 0.52%
Business Analyst 23 0.52%
Construction Manager 24 0.49%
Director 25 0.49%
Systems Engineer 26 0.49%
President 27 0.49%
Consultant & Architect 28 0.47%
Engineer 29 0.44%
Senior Solutions Architect 30 0.44%
Vice President 31 0.44%
Systems Architect 32 0.42%
Internship 33 0.42%
Principal Consultant 34 0.39%
Technical Consultant 35 0.39%
Manager 36 0.39%
Senior Engineer 37 0.39%
Senior Systems Engineer 38 0.39%
Chief Architect 39 0.39%
Interior Designer 40 0.36%
Management Consultant 41 0.36%
Associate 42 0.36%
Software Engineer 43 0.36%
Design Architect 44 0.36%
Founder 45 0.34%
Technology Architect 46 0.34%
Quality Assurance Lead 47 0.31%
Architectural Project Manager 48 0.31%
Research Assistant 49 0.31%
Information Technology Project Manager 50 0.31%
Project Leader 51 0.31%
Integration Architect 52 0.31%
Architect Manager 53 0.29%
Developer 54 0.29%
Lead Developer 55 0.29%
Design Consultant 56 0.29%
Software Developer 57 0.26%
Software Architect 58 0.26%
Customer Service Representative 59 0.26%
Project Coordinator 60 0.26%
Lead Consultant 61 0.26%
Database Administrator/Architect 62 0.23%
Operations Manager 63 0.23%
President/Owner 64 0.23%
Teaching Assistant 65 0.23%
Information Technology Consultant 66 0.23%
Architectural Internship 67 0.23%
Chief Executive Officer 68 0.23%
Systems Analyst 69 0.23%
Sales Associate 70 0.23%
Business Consultant 71 0.23%
Assistant Project Manager 72 0.23%
Design, Development 73 0.21%
Senior Designer 74 0.21%
Systems Administrator 75 0.21%
Business Architect 76 0.21%
Information Technology Manager 77 0.21%
Co-Founder 78 0.21%
Architectural Consultant 79 0.21%
Bi Architect 80 0.21%
Technical Manager 81 0.18%
Consultant/Project Manager 82 0.18%
Senior Java Developer 83 0.18%
Director Of Software Development 84 0.18%
Technical Solutions Architect 85 0.18%
Executive Director 86 0.18%
Project Designer 87 0.18%
Quality Assurance Manager 88 0.18%
Technical Director 89 0.18%
Project Engineer 90 0.18%
Volunteer 91 0.18%
Senior Enterprise Architect 92 0.18%
Administrative Assistant 93 0.18%
Product Manager 94 0.18%
Business Developer 95 0.18%
Principal Engineer 96 0.18%
Executive Assistant 97 0.16%
Director Of Information 98 0.16%
Senior Data Architect 99 0.16%
Specialist 100 0.16%

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