These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Instructors

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 5 months ago
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It’s tough to be a instructor 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 instructor isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become instructors in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many instructors 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 instructors 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 instructors:

  1. Teacher
  2. Substitute Teacher
  3. Adjunct Instructor
  4. Adjunct Professor
  5. Internship
  6. Sales Associate
  7. Assistant Professor
  8. Research Assistant
  9. Consultant
  10. Registered Nurse

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a instructor 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 instructors 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 instructors:

  1. Adjunct Professor
  2. Assistant Professor
  3. Adjunct Faculty
  4. Graduate Research Assistant
  5. Principal
  6. Graduate Assistant
  7. Program Director
  8. Lecturer
  9. Special Education Teacher
  10. Program Coordinator

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 Instructors

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Instructors

Job Title Rank %
Teacher 1 1.44%
Substitute Teacher 2 1.29%
Adjunct Instructor 3 1.05%
Adjunct Professor 4 0.99%
Internship 5 0.89%
Sales Associate 6 0.74%
Assistant Professor 7 0.73%
Research Assistant 8 0.73%
Consultant 9 0.72%
Registered Nurse 10 0.66%
Adjunct Faculty 11 0.61%
Owner 12 0.6%
Administrative Assistant 13 0.57%
Teaching Assistant 14 0.56%
Customer Service Representative 15 0.49%
Manager 16 0.47%
Project Manager 17 0.46%
Director 18 0.45%
Volunteer 19 0.45%
Graduate Research Assistant 20 0.42%
Program Manager 21 0.4%
Tutor 22 0.37%
Office Manager 23 0.36%
Server 24 0.35%
Supervisor 25 0.35%
Assistant Manager 26 0.33%
Principal 27 0.29%
Graduate Assistant 28 0.29%
Program Director 29 0.29%
Lecturer 30 0.28%
Special Education Teacher 31 0.28%
Operations Manager 32 0.27%
Coordinator 33 0.27%
Program Coordinator 34 0.27%
Sales Representative 35 0.27%
Associate Professor 36 0.26%
Team Leader 37 0.26%
Faculty 38 0.25%
Professor 39 0.24%
President 40 0.24%
Coach 41 0.24%
Graphic Designer 42 0.24%
Educator 43 0.24%
Cashier 44 0.24%
Graduate Teaching Assistant 45 0.24%
Research Scientist 46 0.23%
Associate 47 0.23%
Specialist 48 0.23%
Technician 49 0.22%
Case Manager 50 0.22%
Executive Director 51 0.22%
General Manager 52 0.21%
Writer And Editor 53 0.21%
Owner/Operator 54 0.2%
Research Associate 55 0.2%
Esl Instructor 56 0.2%
Assistant Director 57 0.2%
Online Instructor 58 0.2%
Training Specialist 59 0.2%
Security Officer 60 0.19%
Lead Instructor 61 0.19%
Personal Trainer 62 0.18%
Teacher Assistant 63 0.18%
Editor 64 0.17%
Mathematics Instructor 65 0.17%
Trainer 66 0.17%
Fellow 67 0.17%
Office Assistant 68 0.17%
Vice President 69 0.17%
Systems Administrator 70 0.16%
Instructional Designer 71 0.16%
Research Fellow 72 0.16%
Chief Executive Officer 73 0.16%
Counselor 74 0.16%
Assistant 75 0.16%
Data Analyst 76 0.16%
Curriculum Developer 77 0.15%
Math Teacher 78 0.15%
English Instructor 79 0.15%
Academic Adviser 80 0.14%
Technical Support Specialist 81 0.14%
Business Analyst 82 0.14%
Administrator 83 0.14%
Chairperson 84 0.14%
Founder 85 0.14%
Mentor 86 0.14%
Account Manager 87 0.13%
Human Resources Manager 88 0.13%
Analyst 89 0.13%
Store Manager 90 0.13%
Lead Teacher 91 0.13%
Nurse Practitioner 92 0.13%
Research Assistant Professor 93 0.13%
Web Developer 94 0.13%
Human Resources Coordinator 95 0.13%
Driver 96 0.13%
Attorney 97 0.13%
Certified Nursing Assistant 98 0.13%
Writer 99 0.13%
Massage Therapist 100 0.13%

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