These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Presidents

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

With so many presidents 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 presidents 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 presidents:

  1. Vice President
  2. Internship
  3. Consultant
  4. Chief Executive Officer
  5. Research Assistant
  6. Sales Associate
  7. Owner
  8. Volunteer
  9. General Manager
  10. Project Manager

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a president 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 presidents 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 presidents:

  1. Chief Executive Officer
  2. Principal
  3. Chief Operating Officer
  4. Executive Director
  5. Business Developer
  6. Managing Director
  7. Chief Finance Officer
  8. Adjunct Professor
  9. Partner
  10. Founder

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 Presidents

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Presidents

Job Title Rank %
Vice President 1 2.0%
Internship 2 1.99%
Consultant 3 1.28%
Chief Executive Officer 4 1.05%
Research Assistant 5 0.97%
Sales Associate 6 0.96%
Owner 7 0.95%
Volunteer 8 0.86%
General Manager 9 0.84%
Project Manager 10 0.82%
Principal 11 0.74%
President/Chief Executive Officer 12 0.73%
Manager 13 0.69%
Chief Operating Officer 14 0.61%
Executive Director 15 0.56%
Director 16 0.56%
Business Developer 17 0.52%
Account Executive 18 0.51%
Administrative Assistant 19 0.47%
President/Owner 20 0.45%
Senior Vice President 21 0.45%
Managing Director 22 0.44%
Teacher 23 0.43%
Customer Service Representative 24 0.43%
Chief Finance Officer 25 0.42%
Sales Representative 26 0.42%
Sales Manager 27 0.42%
Marketing Internship 28 0.41%
Adjunct Professor 29 0.38%
Operations Manager 30 0.38%
Server 31 0.38%
Founder 32 0.35%
Account Manager 33 0.35%
Substitute Teacher 34 0.35%
Partner 35 0.35%
Teaching Assistant 36 0.34%
Assistant Manager 37 0.34%
Sales/Marketing 38 0.34%
Managing Partner 39 0.33%
Program Manager 40 0.32%
Marketing Director 41 0.32%
Office Manager 42 0.32%
President And Founder 43 0.31%
Cashier 44 0.31%
Board Member 45 0.3%
Chairperson 46 0.29%
Senior Project Manager 47 0.29%
Associate 48 0.29%
Executive Vice President 49 0.28%
Tutor 50 0.27%
Graduate Assistant 51 0.27%
Owner/Operator 52 0.26%
Co-Founder 53 0.26%
Operations Director 54 0.25%
Director Of Sales 55 0.25%
Instructor 56 0.25%
Vice President, Business Development 57 0.24%
Graduate Research Assistant 58 0.23%
President Of Operations 59 0.23%
Leader 60 0.22%
Sales Consultant 61 0.22%
Team Leader 62 0.21%
Office Assistant 63 0.21%
Registered Nurse 64 0.21%
Student Assistant 65 0.21%
Board Of Directors Member 66 0.2%
Marketing Manager 67 0.2%
Regional Sales Manager 68 0.19%
Store Manager 69 0.19%
Senior Consultant 70 0.19%
Managing Member 71 0.18%
Supervisor 72 0.18%
Specialist 73 0.17%
Analyst 74 0.17%
Business Development Manager 75 0.17%
Program Director 76 0.17%
Management Consultant 77 0.16%
Human Resources Coordinator 78 0.16%
Business Consultant 79 0.16%
Regional Director 80 0.16%
Ambassador 81 0.16%
Senior Manager 82 0.15%
Coordinator 83 0.15%
Adjunct Faculty 84 0.15%
Communications Director 85 0.15%
Treasurer 86 0.15%
Vice President & General Manager 87 0.14%
Founder And Chief Executive Officer 88 0.14%
Senior Technician Specialist 89 0.14%
Owner/Manager 90 0.14%
Principal Consultant 91 0.14%
Editor 92 0.14%
President & Chief Operating Officer 93 0.14%
Finance Advisor 94 0.14%
Assistant 95 0.14%
Social Media Internship 96 0.13%
Marketing Consultant 97 0.13%
Realtor 98 0.13%
Real Estate Agent 99 0.13%
Attorney 100 0.13%

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