These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Machine Operators

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 8 months ago
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It’s tough to be a machine operator 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 machine operator isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become machine operators in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many machine operators 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 machine operators 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 machine operators:

  1. Forklift Operator
  2. Material Handler
  3. Customer Service Representative
  4. Assembler
  5. Numerical Control Operator
  6. Maintenance Technician
  7. Cashier
  8. Warehouse Associate
  9. Sales Associate
  10. Warehouse Worker

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a machine operator 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 machine operators 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 machine operators:

  1. Assembler
  2. Machinist
  3. Computer Numerical Controller Machinist
  4. Production Worker
  5. Quality Control Inspector
  6. Production Supervisor
  7. Forklift Driver
  8. Quality Inspector
  9. Assembly Line Worker
  10. Shipping And Receiving Clerk

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 Machine Operators

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Machine Operators

Job Title Rank %
Forklift Operator 1 2.29%
Material Handler 2 1.91%
Customer Service Representative 3 1.5%
Assembler 4 1.23%
Numerical Control Operator 5 1.16%
Maintenance Technician 6 1.11%
Cashier 7 1.04%
Warehouse Associate 8 0.88%
Sales Associate 9 0.88%
Warehouse Worker 10 0.88%
Technician 11 0.86%
Operator 12 0.82%
Machinist 13 0.82%
Driver 14 0.8%
Security Officer 15 0.74%
Welder 16 0.73%
Computer Numerical Controller Machinist 17 0.73%
Truck Driver 18 0.71%
Production Worker 19 0.65%
Press Operator 20 0.64%
Supervisor 21 0.62%
Team Leader 22 0.55%
Quality Control Inspector 23 0.48%
Manager 24 0.45%
Production Supervisor 25 0.45%
Delivery Driver 26 0.44%
Assistant Manager 27 0.44%
Forklift Driver 28 0.41%
Quality Inspector 29 0.4%
Assembly Line Worker 30 0.38%
Crew Member 31 0.38%
Certified Nursing Assistant 32 0.36%
Production Operator 33 0.35%
Customer Service Trainer 34 0.35%
Shipping And Receiving Clerk 35 0.35%
Production Technician 36 0.34%
Packer 37 0.34%
Manufacturing Technician 38 0.34%
Associate 39 0.34%
Machine Operator/Forklift Operator 40 0.32%
Order Selector 41 0.32%
Service Technician 42 0.32%
Cook 43 0.3%
Cleaner 44 0.29%
Mechanical Assembler 45 0.29%
Sales Representative 46 0.28%
Inspector 47 0.28%
Picker And Packer 48 0.28%
Mechanic 49 0.27%
Painter 50 0.27%
Picker 51 0.26%
Shipping And Receiving Coordinator 52 0.25%
Installer 53 0.25%
Sorter 54 0.24%
Assembly Technician 55 0.24%
Package Handler 56 0.24%
Electrician 57 0.23%
Administrative Assistant 58 0.23%
Owner 59 0.23%
Sheet Metal Mechanic 60 0.23%
Production Associate 61 0.22%
Laboratory Technician 62 0.22%
Quality Control 63 0.22%
Assembling Machine Operator 64 0.22%
Manufacturing Associate 65 0.22%
Shipping Clerk 66 0.21%
Owner/Operator 67 0.21%
Production Assembler 68 0.21%
Line Leader 69 0.2%
Internship 70 0.2%
Server 71 0.2%
Specialist 72 0.2%
Order Picker 73 0.19%
Stocker 74 0.19%
Carpenter 75 0.18%
Pack Machine Operator 76 0.18%
Equipment Operator 77 0.18%
Quality Technician 78 0.18%
Lift Operator 79 0.18%
Home Health Aid 80 0.17%
Ship Worker 81 0.17%
Loader/Unloader 82 0.17%
Volunteer 83 0.17%
Dock Worker 84 0.17%
Saw Operator 85 0.17%
Custodian 86 0.17%
Janitor 87 0.17%
Housekeeper 88 0.16%
Farm Hand 89 0.16%
Process Technician 90 0.16%
Office Assistant 91 0.16%
Warehouse Manager 92 0.16%
Maintenance Supervisor 93 0.16%
Field Service Technician 94 0.16%
Store Manager 95 0.15%
Security Guard 96 0.15%
Clerk 97 0.15%
Pharmacist Technician 98 0.15%
Assembly Worker 99 0.15%
Crew Leader 100 0.15%

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