These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Assistants

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 5 months ago
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It’s tough to be a 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 assistant isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become assistants in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many 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 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 assistants:

  1. Sales Associate
  2. Administrative Assistant
  3. Internship
  4. Customer Service Representative
  5. Cashier
  6. Volunteer
  7. Server
  8. Assistant Manager
  9. Manager
  10. Office Manager

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

  1. Nanny
  2. Ship Worker
  3. Barista
  4. Counselor
  5. Program Coordinator
  6. Preschool Teacher
  7. Data Entry Clerk
  8. Operator
  9. Data Analyst
  10. Office Administrator

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 Assistants

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Assistants

Job Title Rank %
Sales Associate 1 2.55%
Administrative Assistant 2 2.01%
Internship 3 1.87%
Customer Service Representative 4 1.78%
Cashier 5 1.64%
Volunteer 6 0.96%
Server 7 0.89%
Assistant Manager 8 0.86%
Manager 9 0.78%
Office Manager 10 0.74%
Research Assistant 11 0.66%
Teacher 12 0.62%
Office Assistant 13 0.6%
Substitute Teacher 14 0.59%
Associate 15 0.59%
Receptionist 16 0.57%
Sales Representative 17 0.45%
Supervisor 18 0.44%
Certified Nursing Assistant 19 0.4%
Medical Assistant 20 0.37%
Owner 21 0.37%
Teacher Assistant 22 0.37%
Executive Assistant 23 0.35%
Customer Service Trainer 24 0.34%
Specialist 25 0.34%
Crew Member 26 0.34%
Coordinator 27 0.32%
Consultant 28 0.32%
Tutor 29 0.31%
Security Officer 30 0.31%
Project Manager 31 0.31%
Teaching Assistant 32 0.31%
Technician 33 0.3%
Registered Nurse 34 0.28%
Team Leader 35 0.26%
Human Resources Coordinator 36 0.25%
Graphic Designer 37 0.24%
Waitress 38 0.23%
Legal Assistant 39 0.23%
Store Manager 40 0.23%
Pharmacist Technician 41 0.23%
Teller 42 0.23%
Graduate Assistant 43 0.23%
Production Assistant 44 0.23%
Operations Manager 45 0.23%
Customer Service Associate 46 0.21%
Machine Operator 47 0.21%
Account Manager 48 0.21%
Secretary 49 0.21%
Account Executive 50 0.21%
Case Manager 51 0.2%
Director 52 0.2%
Nanny 53 0.19%
Instructor 54 0.19%
Marketing Internship 55 0.19%
Barista 56 0.19%
Ship Worker 57 0.19%
Home Health Aid 58 0.19%
Counselor 59 0.18%
Student Assistant 60 0.18%
Dental Assistant 61 0.18%
General Manager 62 0.18%
Driver 63 0.17%
Personal Assistant 64 0.17%
Hostess 65 0.17%
Program Coordinator 66 0.17%
Clerk 67 0.17%
Laboratory Technician 68 0.16%
Program Manager 69 0.16%
Warehouse Associate 70 0.16%
Vice President 71 0.16%
Analyst 72 0.15%
Preschool Teacher 73 0.15%
Data Analyst 74 0.15%
Operator 75 0.15%
Graduate Research Assistant 76 0.15%
Data Entry Clerk 77 0.15%
Accounts Payable Clerk 78 0.15%
Assistant Director 79 0.14%
Office Administrator 80 0.14%
Owner/Operator 81 0.14%
Billing Specialist 82 0.14%
Representative 83 0.14%
Marketing Coordinator 84 0.14%
Data Entry Associate 85 0.13%
Laboratory Assistant 86 0.13%
Manufacturing Team Member 87 0.13%
Program Assistant 88 0.13%
Cook 89 0.13%
Paralegal 90 0.13%
Front Desk Receptionist 91 0.13%
Designer 92 0.12%
Senior Technician Specialist 93 0.12%
Photographer 94 0.12%
Bartender Server 95 0.12%
Shift Supervisor 96 0.12%
Licensed Practical Nurse 97 0.12%
Administrator 98 0.12%
Accountant 99 0.12%
Business Analyst 100 0.12%

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