It’s tough to be a product manager 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 product manager isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become product managers in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.
With so many product managers 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 product managers 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 product managers:
These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a product manager 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 product managers to do.
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 product managers:
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.
Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed product manager under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a product manager, 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:
That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former product managers.
|Senior Product Manager||1||4.17%|
|Product Management Director||5||1.23%|
|Senior Project Manager||9||1.05%|
|Product Marketing Manager||13||0.77%|
|Business Development Manager||16||0.68%|
|Regional Sales Manager||26||0.45%|
|Product Development Manager||27||0.45%|
|Research And Development Technician||28||0.45%|
|Global Product Manager||29||0.44%|
|Director Of Sales||32||0.42%|
|Senior Product Marketing Manager||34||0.39%|
|Director Of Product Development||36||0.38%|
|Director, Product Marketing||39||0.36%|
|Product Line Manager||42||0.31%|
|Information Technology Project Manager||44||0.29%|
|Vice President, Product Management||46||0.28%|
|Director Of Sales And Marketing||51||0.26%|
|Chief Executive Officer||53||0.25%|
|Product Manager, Mobile||54||0.25%|
|Senior Manager Of Marketing||59||0.22%|
|Chief Operating Officer||67||0.21%|
|Senior Business Analyst||68||0.2%|
|Senior Account Manager||70||0.2%|
|Manager, Product Management||72||0.19%|
|Senior Director, Product Management||73||0.18%|
|Customer Service Representative||75||0.18%|
|Supply Chain Manager||78||0.17%|
|Technical Product Manager||79||0.17%|
|Assistant Store Manager||80||0.17%|
|Sales And Marketing Manager||81||0.17%|
|National Sales Manager||82||0.17%|
|Vice President, Business Development||87||0.17%|
|Associate Product Manager||88||0.17%|
|Marketing Communications Manager||90||0.16%|
|Founder And Chief Executive Officer||92||0.15%|
|Territory Sales Manager||93||0.15%|
|National Account Manager||94||0.15%|
|Customer Service Manager||95||0.15%|
|District Sales Manager||97||0.15%|
|Business Development Consultant||98||0.15%|
|Key Account Manager||99||0.15%|
|Director Of Strategy||100||0.14%|