These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Owner/Operators

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

With so many owner/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 owner/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 owner/operators:

  1. General Manager
  2. Operations Manager
  3. Manager
  4. Customer Service Representative
  5. Owner
  6. Sales Associate
  7. Office Manager
  8. Project Manager
  9. Driver
  10. Maintenance Technician

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

  1. Service Manager
  2. Superintendent
  3. Equipment Operator
  4. Operations Director
  5. Business Developer
  6. Operator
  7. Owner/Manager
  8. Foreman
  9. Maintenance Supervisor
  10. Sales Person

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 Owner/Operators

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Owner/Operators

Job Title Rank %
General Manager 1 1.1%
Operations Manager 2 1.06%
Manager 3 1.05%
Customer Service Representative 4 1.03%
Owner 5 1.01%
Sales Associate 6 0.97%
Office Manager 7 0.88%
Project Manager 8 0.88%
Driver 9 0.83%
Maintenance Technician 10 0.79%
Administrative Assistant 11 0.74%
Sales Representative 12 0.71%
Store Manager 13 0.67%
Substitute Teacher 14 0.62%
Supervisor 15 0.58%
Assistant Manager 16 0.58%
Truck Driver 17 0.56%
Technician 18 0.48%
Sales Manager 19 0.47%
Consultant 20 0.44%
Registered Nurse 21 0.39%
Sales Consultant 22 0.37%
Account Executive 23 0.35%
Teacher 24 0.35%
Service Technician 25 0.33%
Account Manager 26 0.33%
Cashier 27 0.32%
Service Manager 28 0.32%
Welder 29 0.32%
Team Leader 30 0.32%
Server 31 0.3%
Superintendent 32 0.29%
Security Officer 33 0.28%
Delivery Driver 34 0.28%
Equipment Operator 35 0.28%
Operations Director 36 0.27%
Machine Operator 37 0.27%
Volunteer 38 0.26%
Assistant Store Manager 39 0.25%
Field Service Technician 40 0.24%
Associate 41 0.24%
Business Developer 42 0.24%
Owner/Manager 43 0.23%
Operator 44 0.23%
Internship 45 0.23%
Foreman 46 0.23%
Specialist 47 0.23%
Vice President 48 0.22%
Maintenance Supervisor 49 0.22%
Heavy Equipment Operator 50 0.2%
Sales Person 51 0.2%
Property Manager 52 0.2%
Electrician 53 0.2%
Mechanic 54 0.19%
Program Manager 55 0.19%
Director 56 0.19%
President 57 0.19%
Customer Service Trainer 58 0.19%
Office Assistant 59 0.18%
Instructor 60 0.18%
Agent 61 0.18%
Cook 62 0.18%
Operation Supervisor 63 0.18%
Certified Nursing Assistant 64 0.18%
Business Development Manager 65 0.18%
Facilities Manager 66 0.17%
Coordinator 67 0.17%
Chief Executive Officer 68 0.17%
Production Manager 69 0.16%
Forklift Operator 70 0.16%
Lead Technician 71 0.16%
Executive Chef 72 0.16%
President/Owner 73 0.16%
Production Supervisor 74 0.15%
Maintenance Manager 75 0.15%
Bartender 76 0.15%
District Manager 77 0.15%
Painter 78 0.15%
Real Estate Agent 79 0.15%
Sales/Marketing 80 0.15%
Installer 81 0.15%
Company Driver 82 0.14%
Systems Administrator 83 0.14%
Realtor 84 0.14%
Construction Manager 85 0.14%
Technical Support Specialist 86 0.14%
Sales Associate And Customer Service 87 0.14%
Administrator 88 0.13%
Director Of Sales 89 0.13%
Home Health Aid 90 0.13%
Department Manager 91 0.13%
Merchandiser 92 0.13%
Purchasing Manager 93 0.13%
Emergency Medical Technician 94 0.12%
Carpenter 95 0.12%
Executive Assistant 96 0.12%
Case Manager 97 0.12%
Field Technician 98 0.12%
Clerk 99 0.12%
Graphic Designer 100 0.12%

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