These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Consultants

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

With so many consultants 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 consultants 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 consultants:

  1. Senior Consultant
  2. Project Manager
  3. Vice President
  4. Business Analyst
  5. Manager
  6. Senior Software Engineer
  7. Program Manager
  8. Owner
  9. Senior Project Manager
  10. Director

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

  1. Chief Finance Officer
  2. Principal
  3. Controller
  4. Adjunct Professor
  5. Senior Manager
  6. Chief Executive Officer
  7. Business Developer
  8. Executive Director
  9. Data Analyst
  10. Information Technology 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 Consultants

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Consultants

Job Title Rank %
Senior Consultant 1 1.61%
Project Manager 2 1.41%
Vice President 3 0.88%
Business Analyst 4 0.79%
Manager 5 0.75%
Senior Software Engineer 6 0.7%
Program Manager 7 0.63%
Owner 8 0.63%
Senior Project Manager 9 0.58%
Director 10 0.57%
Internship 11 0.48%
Chief Finance Officer 12 0.48%
Sales Associate 13 0.46%
Customer Service Representative 14 0.44%
Principal 15 0.42%
Controller 16 0.42%
Operations Manager 17 0.41%
Administrative Assistant 18 0.4%
Systems Administrator 19 0.4%
Adjunct Professor 20 0.39%
President 21 0.38%
Software Engineer 22 0.37%
Associate 23 0.35%
Team Leader 24 0.35%
Senior Manager 25 0.34%
Chief Executive Officer 26 0.34%
Account Executive 27 0.34%
Office Manager 28 0.33%
General Manager 29 0.32%
Business Developer 30 0.32%
Volunteer 31 0.31%
Sales Representative 32 0.3%
Account Manager 33 0.3%
Research Assistant 34 0.3%
Executive Director 35 0.3%
Substitute Teacher 36 0.29%
Analyst 37 0.29%
Data Analyst 38 0.28%
Programmer Analyst 39 0.27%
Information Technology Manager 40 0.27%
Principal Consultant 41 0.27%
Systems Engineer 42 0.26%
Management Consultant 43 0.25%
Senior Analyst 44 0.25%
Information Technology Consultant 45 0.25%
Instructor 46 0.24%
Teacher 47 0.24%
Managing Director 48 0.24%
Product Manager 49 0.24%
Specialist 50 0.24%
Administrator 51 0.23%
Systems Analyst 52 0.23%
Senior Business Analyst 53 0.22%
Information Technology Project Manager 54 0.22%
Operations Director 55 0.21%
Human Resources Coordinator 56 0.21%
Sales Manager 57 0.2%
Human Resources Manager 58 0.2%
Senior Systems Engineer 59 0.2%
Solutions Architect 60 0.2%
Finance Analyst 61 0.2%
Program Director 62 0.19%
Architect 63 0.19%
Founder 64 0.19%
Lead Technician 65 0.19%
Senior Technician Specialist 66 0.19%
Adjunct Faculty 67 0.19%
Chief Operating Officer 68 0.19%
Technical Support Specialist 69 0.18%
Assistant Vice President 70 0.18%
Director Of Information 71 0.18%
Developer 72 0.18%
Lead Consultant 73 0.18%
Business Development Manager 74 0.18%
Contractor/Consultant 75 0.17%
Senior Finance Analyst 76 0.17%
Assistant Manager 77 0.17%
Sales Consultant 78 0.17%
Registered Nurse 79 0.17%
Coordinator 80 0.17%
Recruiter 81 0.17%
Senior Programmer Analyst 82 0.17%
President/Chief Executive Officer 83 0.16%
Business Consultant 84 0.16%
Marketing Director 85 0.16%
Senior Associate 86 0.16%
Finance Director 87 0.16%
Owner/Operator 88 0.16%
Database Administrator 89 0.16%
Marketing Manager 90 0.16%
Software Developer 91 0.16%
Supervisor 92 0.16%
Technical Writer 93 0.16%
Network Engineer 94 0.16%
Senior Vice President 95 0.15%
Project Leader 96 0.15%
Store Manager 97 0.15%
Co-Founder 98 0.15%
Project Coordinator 99 0.15%
Server 100 0.15%