These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Managers

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

With so many managers 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 managers 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 managers:

  1. General Manager
  2. Assistant Manager
  3. Customer Service Representative
  4. Sales Associate
  5. Store Manager
  6. Operations Manager
  7. Administrative Assistant
  8. Owner
  9. Project Manager
  10. Director

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a manager 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 managers 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 managers:

  1. Operations Director
  2. Bartender
  3. Business Developer
  4. Principal
  5. Chief Finance Officer
  6. Chief Executive Officer
  7. Recruiter
  8. Controller
  9. Associate Director
  10. Executive Director

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 Managers

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Managers

Job Title Rank %
General Manager 1 1.51%
Assistant Manager 2 1.51%
Customer Service Representative 3 1.47%
Sales Associate 4 1.3%
Store Manager 5 1.03%
Operations Manager 6 0.96%
Administrative Assistant 7 0.92%
Owner 8 0.89%
Project Manager 9 0.87%
Director 10 0.85%
Senior Manager 11 0.79%
Office Manager 12 0.79%
Server 13 0.78%
Sales Representative 14 0.76%
Consultant 15 0.75%
Supervisor 16 0.74%
Cashier 17 0.74%
Internship 18 0.65%
Vice President 19 0.57%
Program Manager 20 0.46%
Owner/Operator 21 0.44%
Sales Manager 22 0.41%
Team Leader 23 0.39%
Account Manager 24 0.39%
Substitute Teacher 25 0.37%
Teacher 26 0.36%
Associate 27 0.33%
Account Executive 28 0.32%
Sales Consultant 29 0.28%
Volunteer 30 0.28%
Registered Nurse 31 0.27%
Specialist 32 0.27%
Customer Service Trainer 33 0.26%
Operations Director 34 0.26%
Senior Project Manager 35 0.26%
Receptionist 36 0.26%
Assistant Store Manager 37 0.25%
Service Manager 38 0.25%
Technician 39 0.25%
Bartender 40 0.25%
Driver 41 0.24%
Security Officer 42 0.23%
Teller 43 0.23%
Human Resources Coordinator 44 0.22%
Business Analyst 45 0.21%
Coordinator 46 0.21%
President 47 0.21%
Machine Operator 48 0.21%
Owner/Manager 49 0.21%
Certified Nursing Assistant 50 0.21%
Human Resources Manager 51 0.2%
Marketing Manager 52 0.2%
Business Developer 53 0.19%
Property Manager 54 0.19%
Principal 55 0.19%
Assistant General Manager 56 0.19%
Chief Finance Officer 57 0.19%
Office Assistant 58 0.18%
Medical Assistant 59 0.18%
Pharmacist Technician 60 0.17%
Assistant 61 0.17%
Information Technology Manager 62 0.17%
Product Manager 63 0.16%
Chief Executive Officer 64 0.16%
Production Manager 65 0.16%
Customer Service Manager 66 0.16%
Department Manager 67 0.16%
Maintenance Technician 68 0.15%
Instructor 69 0.15%
Cook 70 0.15%
Delivery Driver 71 0.15%
Recruiter 72 0.15%
Controller 73 0.15%
Associate Director 74 0.15%
Senior Consultant 75 0.14%
Executive Director 76 0.14%
District Manager 77 0.14%
Graphic Designer 78 0.14%
Agent 79 0.14%
Research Assistant 80 0.14%
Senior Director 81 0.14%
Shift Manager 82 0.14%
Home Health Aid 83 0.14%
Administrator 84 0.14%
Bartender Server 85 0.13%
Analyst 86 0.13%
Marketing Director 87 0.13%
Systems Administrator 88 0.13%
Waitress 89 0.13%
Area Manager 90 0.13%
Executive Assistant 91 0.13%
Billing Specialist 92 0.13%
Operator 93 0.13%
Production Supervisor 94 0.13%
Business Manager 95 0.12%
Managing Director 96 0.12%
Purchasing Manager 97 0.12%
Assistant Director 98 0.12%
Material Handler 99 0.12%
Customer Service Associate 100 0.12%

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