These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Photographers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 10 months ago
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It’s tough to be a photographer 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 photographer isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become photographers in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many photographers 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 photographers 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 photographers:

  1. Sales Associate
  2. Freelance Photographer
  3. Customer Service Representative
  4. Graphic Designer
  5. Cashier
  6. Administrative Assistant
  7. Internship
  8. Server
  9. Assistant Manager
  10. Manager

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a photographer 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 photographers 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 photographers:

  1. Sales Associate
  2. Customer Service Representative
  3. Cashier
  4. Administrative Assistant
  5. Internship
  6. Server
  7. Assistant Manager
  8. Manager
  9. Owner
  10. Sales Representative

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 Photographers

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Photographers

Job Title Rank %
Sales Associate 1 2.7%
Freelance Photographer 2 2.2%
Customer Service Representative 3 2.09%
Graphic Designer 4 1.7%
Cashier 5 1.48%
Administrative Assistant 6 1.35%
Internship 7 1.07%
Server 8 1.06%
Assistant Manager 9 1.01%
Manager 10 0.85%
Owner/Photographer 11 0.85%
Owner 12 0.78%
Sales Representative 13 0.66%
Volunteer 14 0.62%
Substitute Teacher 15 0.61%
Office Manager 16 0.6%
Receptionist 17 0.56%
Teacher 18 0.52%
Production Assistant 19 0.51%
Photographer, Editor 20 0.49%
Office Assistant 21 0.48%
Store Manager 22 0.42%
Photo Editor 23 0.41%
Specialist 24 0.41%
Lead Photographer 25 0.41%
Customer Service Trainer 26 0.37%
Freelance Videographer/Editor 27 0.37%
Photographer Assistant 28 0.36%
Studio Manager 29 0.33%
Creative Director 30 0.33%
Teller 31 0.33%
Supervisor 32 0.32%
Associate 33 0.32%
Social Media Manager 34 0.31%
Staff Photographer 35 0.28%
Security Officer 36 0.28%
Assistant 37 0.28%
Marketing Internship 38 0.27%
Teacher Assistant 39 0.27%
Owner/Operator 40 0.27%
Technician 41 0.26%
Videographer 42 0.26%
Product Photographer 43 0.26%
Editor 44 0.26%
Front Desk Receptionist 45 0.26%
Events Photographer 46 0.25%
Customer Service Associate 47 0.25%
Photographer/Photo Editor 48 0.25%
Barista 49 0.24%
Certified Nursing Assistant 50 0.24%
Marketing Manager 51 0.23%
Marketing Assistant 52 0.23%
Instructor 53 0.22%
Graphic Artist 54 0.22%
Account Manager 55 0.22%
Video Editor 56 0.22%
Preschool Teacher 57 0.2%
Pharmacist Technician 58 0.2%
Delivery Driver 59 0.2%
Nanny 60 0.2%
Operations Manager 61 0.2%
Bartender Server 62 0.19%
Director Of Photography 63 0.19%
Department Manager 64 0.19%
Cook 65 0.19%
Medical Assistant 66 0.19%
Merchandiser 67 0.19%
Graphic Designer And Photographer 68 0.19%
Sales Consultant 69 0.19%
Sports Photographer 70 0.19%
Home Health Aid 71 0.19%
Assistant Store Manager 72 0.19%
Crew Member 73 0.18%
Sales Manager 74 0.18%
Marketing Coordinator 75 0.18%
Wedding Photographer 76 0.18%
Waitress 77 0.18%
Consultant 78 0.18%
Machine Operator 79 0.18%
Laboratory Technician 80 0.17%
Team Leader 81 0.17%
Driver 82 0.17%
Reporter 83 0.17%
Warehouse Associate 84 0.17%
Camera Operator 85 0.17%
Customer Care Representative 86 0.17%
Hostess 87 0.17%
Senior Photographer 88 0.17%
Portrait Photographer 89 0.17%
Research Assistant 90 0.17%
Sales Associate And Customer Service 91 0.16%
Security Guard 92 0.16%
Coach 93 0.16%
Photography Assistant 94 0.16%
Web Designer 95 0.16%
Art Director 96 0.16%
Director 97 0.16%
Owner/Manager 98 0.16%
Customer Service Specialist 99 0.15%
Sales Associate And Cashier 100 0.15%