These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Mechanics

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 11 months ago
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It’s tough to be a mechanic 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 mechanic isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become mechanics in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many mechanics 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 mechanics 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 mechanics:

  1. Maintenance Technician
  2. Technician
  3. Diesel Mechanic
  4. Welder
  5. Service Technician
  6. Maintenance Supervisor
  7. Field Service Technician
  8. Lead Mechanic
  9. Truck Driver
  10. Supervisor

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a mechanic 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 mechanics 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 mechanics:

  1. Maintenance Technician
  2. Technician
  3. Welder
  4. Service Technician
  5. Maintenance Supervisor
  6. Truck Driver
  7. Field Service Technician
  8. Supervisor
  9. Machine Operator
  10. Driver

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 Mechanics

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Mechanics

Job Title Rank %
Maintenance Technician 1 3.13%
Technician 2 2.18%
Diesel Mechanic 3 1.39%
Welder 4 1.39%
Service Technician 5 0.94%
Maintenance Supervisor 6 0.83%
Field Service Technician 7 0.82%
Lead Mechanic 8 0.82%
Truck Driver 9 0.82%
Supervisor 10 0.81%
Machine Operator 11 0.8%
Driver 12 0.79%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic 13 0.7%
Owner 14 0.68%
Forklift Operator 15 0.61%
Sheet Metal Mechanic 16 0.6%
Millwright 17 0.58%
Machinist 18 0.56%
Mechanical Technician 19 0.56%
Sales Associate 20 0.54%
Owner/Operator 21 0.51%
Diesel Technician 22 0.5%
Electrician 23 0.5%
Shop Foreman 24 0.5%
Customer Service Representative 25 0.49%
Manager 26 0.49%
Assembler 27 0.47%
Lead Technician 28 0.46%
Material Handler 29 0.46%
Aircraft Mechanic 30 0.46%
Operator 31 0.45%
Equipment Operator 32 0.44%
Maintenance Manager 33 0.43%
Service Manager 34 0.42%
Heavy Equipment Operator 35 0.41%
Farm Hand 36 0.41%
Accounts Payable Clerk 37 0.37%
Automotive Technician 38 0.37%
Assistant Manager 39 0.36%
Security Officer 40 0.35%
Electronics Technician 41 0.35%
Operations Manager 42 0.34%
Team Leader 43 0.34%
Vehicle Mechanic 44 0.34%
Mobile Equipment Mechanic 45 0.34%
Engineer 46 0.33%
Warehouse Worker 47 0.33%
Foreman 48 0.33%
Delivery Driver 49 0.31%
Project Manager 50 0.31%
Sales Representative 51 0.31%
Fleet Mechanic 52 0.31%
Mechanical Assembler 53 0.3%
Production Supervisor 54 0.29%
Engineering Technician 55 0.28%
Field Mechanic 56 0.28%
Structures Mechanic 57 0.27%
Cook 58 0.26%
Painter 59 0.26%
Installer 60 0.25%
Warehouse Associate 61 0.25%
Equipment Mechanic 62 0.25%
Carpenter 63 0.25%
Quality Control Inspector 64 0.25%
Service Mechanic 65 0.25%
Auto Mechanic 66 0.24%
Store Manager 67 0.24%
Field Technician 68 0.23%
Specialist 69 0.23%
Internship 70 0.23%
Maintenance Engineer 71 0.22%
Computer Numerical Controller Machinist 72 0.21%
Shop Supervisor 73 0.2%
General Manager 74 0.2%
Shop Mechanic 75 0.2%
Mechanical Engineer 76 0.19%
Numerical Control Operator 77 0.19%
Shop Manager 78 0.19%
Inspector 79 0.19%
Avionics Technician 80 0.19%
Senior Mechanic 81 0.19%
Security Guard 82 0.19%
Automotive Mechanic 83 0.19%
Manufacturing Engineer 84 0.19%
Truck Mechanic 85 0.18%
Service Advisor 86 0.18%
Press Operator 87 0.18%
Hvac Technician 88 0.18%
Lube Technician 89 0.18%
Generator Mechanic 90 0.18%
Repair Technician 91 0.17%
Associate 92 0.17%
Operation Supervisor 93 0.17%
Installation Technician 94 0.17%
Handyman 95 0.17%
Floor Hand 96 0.17%
Senior Technologist 97 0.16%
Correction Officer 98 0.16%
Head Mechanic 99 0.16%
Helper 100 0.16%