These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Associates

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 12 months ago
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It’s tough to be a associate 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 associate isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become associates in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many associates 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 associates 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 associates:

  1. Sales Associate
  2. Customer Service Representative
  3. Attorney
  4. Cashier
  5. Internship
  6. Senior Associate
  7. Manager
  8. Assistant Manager
  9. Vice President
  10. Administrative Assistant

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

  1. Attorney
  2. Partner
  3. Contract Attorney
  4. Principal
  5. General Counsel
  6. Senior Counselor
  7. Corporate Counsel
  8. Assistant General Counsel
  9. Assistant Vice President
  10. Staff Attorney

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 Associates

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Associates

Job Title Rank %
Sales Associate 1 2.05%
Customer Service Representative 2 1.7%
Attorney 3 1.14%
Cashier 4 1.06%
Internship 5 1.05%
Senior Associate 6 0.99%
Manager 7 0.84%
Assistant Manager 8 0.83%
Vice President 9 0.83%
Administrative Assistant 10 0.8%
Consultant 11 0.79%
Partner 12 0.72%
Server 13 0.6%
Owner 14 0.6%
Warehouse Associate 15 0.59%
Contract Attorney 16 0.58%
Volunteer 17 0.5%
Principal 18 0.48%
General Counsel 19 0.46%
Project Manager 20 0.44%
Security Officer 21 0.38%
Team Leader 22 0.38%
Supervisor 23 0.37%
Office Manager 24 0.36%
Director 25 0.35%
Office Assistant 26 0.34%
Substitute Teacher 27 0.34%
Analyst 28 0.33%
Teacher 29 0.32%
Sales Representative 30 0.32%
Senior Counselor 31 0.31%
Operations Manager 32 0.3%
Machine Operator 33 0.3%
Technician 34 0.29%
Specialist 35 0.29%
Account Manager 36 0.28%
Teller 37 0.27%
Crew Member 38 0.26%
Store Manager 39 0.26%
Customer Service Associate 40 0.26%
Research Assistant 41 0.26%
Pharmacist Technician 42 0.24%
Customer Service Trainer 43 0.24%
Corporate Counsel 44 0.22%
Receptionist 45 0.22%
Assistant 46 0.22%
Assistant General Counsel 47 0.22%
Material Handler 48 0.22%
Registered Nurse 49 0.21%
Business Analyst 50 0.21%
Program Manager 51 0.21%
Assistant Vice President 52 0.21%
Coordinator 53 0.2%
Certified Nursing Assistant 54 0.2%
Associate Attorney 55 0.2%
Driver 56 0.2%
Senior Consultant 57 0.2%
Warehouse Worker 58 0.19%
Assistant Store Manager 59 0.19%
Forklift Operator 60 0.18%
Finance Analyst 61 0.18%
Staff Attorney 62 0.18%
Associate General Counsel 63 0.18%
Human Resources Coordinator 64 0.18%
Medical Assistant 65 0.17%
Teacher Assistant 66 0.17%
Senior Analyst 67 0.17%
Senior Vice President 68 0.17%
Solo Practitioner 69 0.16%
Manufacturing Team Member 70 0.16%
Security Guard 71 0.16%
Graphic Designer 72 0.16%
Account Executive 73 0.16%
Technical Support Specialist 74 0.15%
Business Developer 75 0.15%
President 76 0.15%
Shift Supervisor 77 0.15%
Legal Counsel 78 0.15%
Home Health Aid 79 0.15%
Senior Manager 80 0.15%
Adjunct Professor 81 0.15%
Founder 82 0.15%
Managing Director 83 0.15%
Marketing Internship 84 0.15%
Agent 85 0.14%
Associate Director 86 0.14%
Owner/Operator 87 0.14%
Clerk 88 0.14%
Case Manager 89 0.14%
Chiropractor, Sole Practitioner 90 0.14%
General Manager 91 0.13%
Merchandiser 92 0.13%
Executive Assistant 93 0.13%
Managing Partner 94 0.13%
Research Associate 95 0.12%
Hostess 96 0.12%
Billing Specialist 97 0.12%
Ship Worker 98 0.12%
Data Analyst 99 0.12%
Teaching Assistant 100 0.12%