These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Owners

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

With so many owners 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 owners 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 owners:

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

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a owner 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 owners 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 owners:

  1. Superintendent
  2. Chief Executive Officer
  3. Marketing Director
  4. Business Developer
  5. Controller
  6. Partner
  7. Realtor
  8. Property Manager
  9. Service Manager
  10. Maintenance Supervisor

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 Owners

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Owners

Job Title Rank %
Project Manager 1 1.32%
Manager 2 1.24%
Sales Associate 3 1.01%
General Manager 4 0.97%
Office Manager 5 0.94%
Customer Service Representative 6 0.86%
Operations Manager 7 0.77%
Administrative Assistant 8 0.75%
Sales Representative 9 0.73%
Supervisor 10 0.66%
Consultant 11 0.62%
Store Manager 12 0.6%
Assistant Manager 13 0.56%
Account Executive 14 0.51%
Sales Manager 15 0.5%
Owner/Operator 16 0.48%
Maintenance Technician 17 0.47%
Substitute Teacher 18 0.44%
Teacher 19 0.44%
Vice President 20 0.42%
Internship 21 0.4%
President 22 0.4%
Technician 23 0.39%
Volunteer 24 0.39%
Account Manager 25 0.39%
Driver 26 0.36%
Co-Owner 27 0.32%
Director 28 0.32%
Superintendent 29 0.3%
Server 30 0.29%
Sales Consultant 31 0.29%
Program Manager 32 0.29%
Chief Executive Officer 33 0.27%
Owner/Manager 34 0.27%
Marketing Director 35 0.27%
Cashier 36 0.26%
Team Leader 37 0.26%
Marketing Manager 38 0.26%
Business Developer 39 0.25%
Associate 40 0.24%
Controller 41 0.24%
Registered Nurse 42 0.23%
Partner 43 0.23%
Instructor 44 0.23%
Realtor 45 0.23%
Property Manager 46 0.23%
Security Officer 47 0.22%
Service Manager 48 0.22%
Maintenance Supervisor 49 0.22%
Senior Project Manager 50 0.22%
Specialist 51 0.21%
Information Technology Manager 52 0.21%
President/Owner 53 0.21%
Operations Director 54 0.2%
Executive Director 55 0.2%
Graphic Designer 56 0.2%
Customer Service Trainer 57 0.2%
Field Service Technician 58 0.2%
Foreman 59 0.2%
Service Technician 60 0.19%
Executive Assistant 61 0.19%
Human Resources Manager 62 0.19%
Business Development Manager 63 0.19%
Systems Administrator 64 0.19%
Accountant 65 0.18%
Production Manager 66 0.18%
Office Assistant 67 0.18%
Principal 68 0.18%
Truck Driver 69 0.18%
Real Estate Agent 70 0.18%
Agent 71 0.18%
Director Of Sales 72 0.18%
Welder 73 0.18%
Receptionist 74 0.17%
Sales/Marketing 75 0.17%
Machine Operator 76 0.17%
Human Resources Coordinator 77 0.17%
Construction Manager 78 0.17%
Technical Support Specialist 79 0.16%
Senior Software Engineer 80 0.16%
Carpenter 81 0.16%
Recruiter 82 0.16%
Chief Finance Officer 83 0.16%
Facilities Manager 84 0.14%
Assistant 85 0.14%
Computer Technician 86 0.14%
Electrician 87 0.14%
Administrator 88 0.14%
Operator 89 0.14%
Territory Manager 90 0.14%
Business Analyst 91 0.14%
Adjunct Instructor 92 0.14%
Mechanic 93 0.14%
Business Manager 94 0.14%
Regional Sales Manager 95 0.13%
Adjunct Professor 96 0.13%
Coordinator 97 0.13%
Delivery Driver 98 0.13%
Chief Operating Officer 99 0.13%
Branch Manager 100 0.13%

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