These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Certified Nursing Assistants

We used our database of over 7 million resumes to determine which careers former certified nursing assistants are entering now.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarFormer Jobs, Rankings - 5 months ago

It’s tough to be a certified nursing 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 certified nursing assistant isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become certified nursing assistants in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many certified nursing 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 certified nursing 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 certified nursing assistants:

  1. Registered Nurse
  2. Licensed Practical Nurse
  3. Customer Service Representative
  4. Medical Assistant
  5. Home Health Aid
  6. Patient Care Technician
  7. Cashier
  8. Sales Associate
  9. Administrative Assistant
  10. Unit Secretary

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

  1. Patient Care Technician
  2. Unit Secretary
  3. Phlebotomist
  4. Direct Support Professional
  5. Nurse Technician
  6. Respiratory Therapist
  7. Medical Records Clerk
  8. Mental Health Technician
  9. Surgical Technician
  10. Student Nurse

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 Certified Nursing Assistants

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Certified Nursing Assistants

Job Title Rank %
Registered Nurse 1 7.64%
Licensed Practical Nurse 2 4.98%
Customer Service Representative 3 3.02%
Medical Assistant 4 2.59%
Home Health Aid 5 2.38%
Patient Care Technician 6 1.73%
Cashier 7 1.72%
Sales Associate 8 1.44%
Administrative Assistant 9 1.15%
Unit Secretary 10 0.79%
Pharmacist Technician 11 0.76%
Patient Care Assistant 12 0.72%
Server 13 0.67%
Internship 14 0.62%
Assistant Manager 15 0.6%
Phlebotomist 16 0.59%
Receptionist 17 0.56%
Volunteer 18 0.56%
Office Manager 19 0.54%
Direct Support Professional 20 0.53%
Office Assistant 21 0.5%
Substitute Teacher 22 0.5%
Technician 23 0.45%
Nurse Technician 24 0.44%
Manager 25 0.41%
Staff Nurse 26 0.41%
Teacher 27 0.39%
Billing Specialist 28 0.36%
Customer Service Trainer 29 0.36%
Security Officer 30 0.32%
Personal Care Assistant 31 0.31%
Supervisor 32 0.31%
Teacher Assistant 33 0.3%
Crew Member 34 0.29%
Resident Assistant 35 0.29%
Waitress 36 0.29%
Respiratory Therapist 37 0.28%
Medical Records Clerk 38 0.28%
Mental Health Technician 39 0.27%
Sales Representative 40 0.27%
Surgical Technician 41 0.27%
Student Nurse 42 0.27%
Specialist 43 0.26%
Personal Assistant 44 0.26%
Physician Assistant 45 0.26%
Assistant 46 0.24%
Nurse 47 0.24%
Case Manager 48 0.24%
Machine Operator 49 0.23%
Team Leader 50 0.23%
Senior Technician Specialist 51 0.23%
Associate 52 0.23%
Care Associate 53 0.22%
Nanny 54 0.22%
Medical Assistant Externship 55 0.22%
Emergency Medical Technician 56 0.22%
Medical Technologist 57 0.22%
Career Manager 58 0.21%
Customer Service Associate 59 0.21%
Certified Nurses’ Aide 60 0.21%
Warehouse Associate 61 0.21%
Housekeeper 62 0.21%
Med Technician 63 0.21%
Secretary 64 0.2%
Laboratory Assistant 65 0.2%
Driver 66 0.2%
Dental Assistant 67 0.19%
Radiologic Technician 68 0.19%
Medical Receptionist 69 0.19%
Clerk 70 0.19%
Correction Officer 71 0.18%
Front Desk Receptionist 72 0.18%
Aide 73 0.18%
Patient Service Representative 74 0.18%
Patient Access Representative 75 0.17%
Certified Pharmacist Technician 76 0.17%
Call Center Representative 77 0.17%
Nurses’ Aide 78 0.17%
Coordinator 79 0.16%
Preschool Teacher 80 0.16%
Program Manager 81 0.16%
Store Manager 82 0.16%
Residential Counselor 83 0.16%
Staffing Coordinator 84 0.15%
Direct Care Staffer 85 0.15%
Production Worker 86 0.15%
Research Assistant 87 0.15%
Medication Aide 88 0.14%
Owner 89 0.14%
Human Resources Coordinator 90 0.14%
Warehouse Worker 91 0.14%
Owner/Operator 92 0.14%
Ship Worker 93 0.13%
Front Desk Coordinator 94 0.13%
Hospice Aide 95 0.13%
Support Specialist 96 0.13%
Certified Medical Aide 97 0.13%
Clinical Assistant 98 0.13%
Cook 99 0.13%
Technical Support Technician 100 0.13%

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