These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Executive Assistants

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

With so many executive 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 executive 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 executive assistants:

  1. Administrative Assistant
  2. Office Manager
  3. Customer Service Representative
  4. Senior Administrative Assistant
  5. Human Resources Coordinator
  6. Executive Administrative Assistant
  7. Project Manager
  8. Sales Associate
  9. Executive Assistant/Office Manager
  10. Legal Assistant

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

  1. Office Administrator
  2. Marketing Coordinator
  3. Administrative Coordinator
  4. Human Resources Generalist
  5. Recruiter
  6. Program Coordinator
  7. Event Coordinator
  8. Paralegal
  9. Administrative Support
  10. Property 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 Executive Assistants

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Executive Assistants

Job Title Rank %
Administrative Assistant 1 7.26%
Office Manager 2 3.15%
Customer Service Representative 3 1.04%
Senior Administrative Assistant 4 0.9%
Human Resources Coordinator 5 0.88%
Executive Administrative Assistant 6 0.84%
Project Manager 7 0.79%
Sales Associate 8 0.77%
Executive Assistant/Office Manager 9 0.77%
Legal Assistant 10 0.77%
Executive Assistant To Chief Executive Officer 11 0.76%
Project Coordinator 12 0.75%
Office Administrator 13 0.75%
Senior Executive Assistant 14 0.69%
Operations Manager 15 0.68%
Manager 16 0.53%
Human Resources Manager 17 0.53%
Assistant Manager 18 0.52%
Marketing Coordinator 19 0.49%
Office Assistant 20 0.47%
Internship 21 0.43%
Executive Assistant To President 22 0.43%
Owner 23 0.42%
Consultant 24 0.42%
Account Executive 25 0.4%
Program Manager 26 0.4%
Administrative Coordinator 27 0.4%
Account Manager 28 0.4%
Human Resources Assistant 29 0.4%
Coordinator 30 0.37%
Server 31 0.34%
Marketing Manager 32 0.33%
Administrator 33 0.33%
Teacher 34 0.33%
Assistant To Vice President 35 0.33%
Substitute Teacher 36 0.32%
Volunteer 37 0.32%
Receptionist 38 0.32%
Human Resources Generalist 39 0.32%
Assistant 40 0.31%
Recruiter 41 0.31%
Program Coordinator 42 0.31%
Associate 43 0.29%
Personal Assistant 44 0.29%
Sales Representative 45 0.29%
Business Analyst 46 0.28%
Marketing Assistant 47 0.27%
Event Coordinator 48 0.25%
Store Manager 49 0.25%
General Manager 50 0.25%
Accounts Payable Clerk 51 0.25%
Executive Assistant To President/Chief Executive Officer 52 0.25%
Paralegal 53 0.24%
Administrative Support 54 0.23%
Property Manager 55 0.23%
Executive/Personal Assistant 56 0.23%
Administrative Specialist 57 0.23%
Human Resource Specialist 58 0.22%
Executive Assistant To Chief Finance Officer 59 0.22%
Secretary 60 0.22%
Executive Administrator 61 0.22%
Senior Vice President 62 0.22%
Executive Assistant/Human Resources 63 0.21%
Administrative Manager 64 0.21%
Billing Specialist 65 0.21%
Marketing Director 66 0.2%
Cashier 67 0.2%
Executive Assistant To Chief Operating Officer 68 0.2%
Legal Secretary 69 0.19%
Sales Manager 70 0.18%
Business Manager 71 0.18%
Registered Nurse 72 0.18%
Operations Coordinator 73 0.18%
Writer And Editor 74 0.18%
Medical Assistant 75 0.18%
Business Developer 76 0.18%
Case Manager 77 0.17%
Research Assistant 78 0.17%
Vice President 79 0.17%
Analyst 80 0.17%
Data Analyst 81 0.17%
Marketing Specialist 82 0.16%
Team Leader 83 0.16%
Coordinator/Executive Assistant 84 0.16%
Assistant Office Manager 85 0.16%
Event Manager 86 0.16%
Supervisor 87 0.16%
Owner/Operator 88 0.16%
Chief Executive Officer 89 0.15%
Social Media Manager 90 0.15%
Contracts Administrator 91 0.15%
Program Analyst 92 0.15%
Assistant To Executive Producer 93 0.15%
Recruiting Coordinator 94 0.14%
Executive Director 95 0.14%
Program Assistant 96 0.14%
Communications Manager 97 0.14%
Specialist 98 0.14%
Sales Administrator 99 0.14%
Bookkeeper 100 0.14%