These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Clerks

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

With so many clerks 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 clerks 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 clerks:

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

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

  1. Attorney
  2. Data Entry Associate
  3. Paralegal
  4. Processor
  5. Merchandiser
  6. Agent
  7. Barista
  8. Data Analyst
  9. Front Desk Receptionist
  10. Claim Processor

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 Clerks

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Clerks

Job Title Rank %
Customer Service Representative 1 3.65%
Administrative Assistant 2 2.69%
Sales Associate 3 1.88%
Cashier 4 1.77%
Assistant Manager 5 1.0%
Internship 6 0.93%
Office Manager 7 0.83%
Receptionist 8 0.73%
Volunteer 9 0.73%
Substitute Teacher 10 0.69%
Server 11 0.65%
Manager 12 0.62%
Office Assistant 13 0.62%
Associate 14 0.57%
Teacher 15 0.48%
Billing Specialist 16 0.48%
Supervisor 17 0.46%
Security Officer 18 0.46%
Secretary 19 0.45%
Sales Representative 20 0.45%
Customer Service Trainer 21 0.45%
Machine Operator 22 0.41%
Pharmacist Technician 23 0.4%
Accounts Payable Clerk 24 0.4%
Teller 25 0.39%
Data Entry Clerk 26 0.36%
Certified Nursing Assistant 27 0.36%
Team Leader 28 0.36%
Specialist 29 0.36%
Legal Assistant 30 0.35%
Crew Member 31 0.34%
Assistant 32 0.33%
Owner 33 0.31%
Medical Assistant 34 0.31%
Home Health Aid 35 0.3%
Attorney 36 0.3%
Human Resources Coordinator 37 0.29%
Technician 38 0.29%
Warehouse Associate 39 0.29%
Store Manager 40 0.27%
Data Entry Associate 41 0.27%
Material Handler 42 0.25%
Driver 43 0.24%
Accounting Clerk 44 0.24%
Cook 45 0.24%
Warehouse Worker 46 0.23%
Coordinator 47 0.23%
Paralegal 48 0.23%
Mail Clerk 49 0.23%
Processor 50 0.22%
Medical Records Clerk 51 0.21%
Merchandiser 52 0.2%
Agent 53 0.2%
Case Manager 54 0.2%
Barista 55 0.2%
Customer Service Associate 56 0.2%
Law Clerk 57 0.19%
Research Assistant 58 0.19%
Office Clerk 59 0.19%
Analyst 60 0.19%
Registered Nurse 61 0.19%
Data Analyst 62 0.19%
Front Desk Receptionist 63 0.19%
Teacher Assistant 64 0.19%
Accountant 65 0.18%
Operations Manager 66 0.18%
Claim Processor 67 0.18%
Service Representative 68 0.17%
Package Handler 69 0.17%
Unit Secretary 70 0.17%
Delivery Driver 71 0.17%
Shift Supervisor 72 0.16%
Tutor 73 0.16%
Administrator 74 0.16%
Human Resources Assistant 75 0.16%
Ship Worker 76 0.16%
Operator 77 0.16%
Office Administrator 78 0.16%
Executive Assistant 79 0.16%
Associate Attorney 80 0.15%
Consultant 81 0.15%
Call Center Representative 82 0.15%
Licensed Practical Nurse 83 0.15%
Assembler 84 0.15%
Security Guard 85 0.15%
Account Manager 86 0.15%
Stock Clerk 87 0.15%
Support Specialist 88 0.15%
Owner/Operator 89 0.15%
Forklift Operator 90 0.15%
Assistant Store Manager 91 0.13%
Sales Person 92 0.13%
Property Manager 93 0.13%
Housekeeper 94 0.13%
Accounting Assistant 95 0.13%
Technical Support Specialist 96 0.13%
Graphic Designer 97 0.13%
Project Manager 98 0.13%
Account Executive 99 0.13%
Program Assistant 100 0.13%