These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Product Managers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 8 months ago
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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:

  1. Senior Product Manager
  2. Marketing Manager
  3. Project Manager
  4. Consultant
  5. Product Management Director
  6. Vice President
  7. Marketing Director
  8. Program Manager
  9. Senior Project Manager
  10. Sales Manager

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.

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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 product managers:

  1. Marketing Director
  2. Business Developer
  3. Principal
  4. Research And Development Technician
  5. Marketing Consultant
  6. Director Of Sales
  7. Sales/Marketing
  8. Buyer
  9. Operations Director
  10. Principal Consultant

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 Product Managers

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:

  • 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 product managers.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Product Managers

Job Title Rank %
Senior Product Manager 1 4.17%
Marketing Manager 2 2.51%
Project Manager 3 2.2%
Consultant 4 1.3%
Product Management Director 5 1.23%
Vice President 6 1.23%
Marketing Director 7 1.18%
Program Manager 8 1.11%
Senior Project Manager 9 1.05%
Sales Manager 10 0.91%
Senior Manager 11 0.9%
General Manager 12 0.83%
Product Marketing Manager 13 0.77%
Business Developer 14 0.73%
Account Manager 15 0.72%
Business Development Manager 16 0.68%
Owner 17 0.65%
Operations Manager 18 0.64%
Business Analyst 19 0.63%
Director 20 0.61%
Principal 21 0.55%
Product Director 22 0.49%
Manager 23 0.49%
President 24 0.47%
Account Executive 25 0.47%
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%
Purchasing Manager 30 0.44%
Marketing Consultant 31 0.42%
Director Of Sales 32 0.42%
Sales/Marketing 33 0.39%
Senior Product Marketing Manager 34 0.39%
Sales Representative 35 0.38%
Director Of Product Development 36 0.38%
Brand Manager 37 0.38%
Buyer 38 0.38%
Director, Product Marketing 39 0.36%
Product Developer 40 0.35%
Store Manager 41 0.33%
Product Line Manager 42 0.31%
Production Manager 43 0.29%
Information Technology Project Manager 44 0.29%
Product Owner 45 0.28%
Vice President, Product Management 46 0.28%
Operations Director 47 0.27%
Principal Consultant 48 0.27%
Co-Founder 49 0.26%
Founder 50 0.26%
Director Of Sales And Marketing 51 0.26%
Senior Consultant 52 0.26%
Chief Executive Officer 53 0.25%
Product Manager, Mobile 54 0.25%
Sales Engineer 55 0.24%
Business Manager 56 0.24%
Managing Director 57 0.24%
Territory Manager 58 0.24%
Senior Manager Of Marketing 59 0.22%
Sales Associate 60 0.22%
Category Manager 61 0.22%
Senior Director 62 0.22%
Senior Buyer 63 0.22%
Office Manager 64 0.21%
Service Manager 65 0.21%
Sales Consultant 66 0.21%
Chief Operating Officer 67 0.21%
Senior Business Analyst 68 0.2%
Management Consultant 69 0.2%
Senior Account Manager 70 0.2%
Business Consultant 71 0.19%
Manager, Product Management 72 0.19%
Senior Director, Product Management 73 0.18%
Product Specialist 74 0.18%
Customer Service Representative 75 0.18%
Vice President-Products 76 0.18%
Internship 77 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%
Owner/Operator 83 0.17%
Engineering Manager 84 0.17%
Marketing Coordinator 85 0.17%
President/Owner 86 0.17%
Vice President, Business Development 87 0.17%
Associate Product Manager 88 0.17%
Application Engineer 89 0.16%
Marketing Communications Manager 90 0.16%
Marketing Specialist 91 0.15%
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%
Executive Director 96 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%

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