These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Program Managers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 12 months ago
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It’s tough to be a program 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 program manager isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become program managers in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many program 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 program 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 program managers:

  1. Senior Project Manager
  2. Project Manager
  3. Program Director
  4. Consultant
  5. Director
  6. Operations Manager
  7. Information Technology Project Manager
  8. Manager
  9. Senior Manager
  10. Vice President

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a program 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 program 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 program managers:

  1. Executive Director
  2. Business Developer
  3. Operations Director
  4. Management Consultant
  5. Adjunct Professor
  6. Principal
  7. Therapist
  8. Principal Consultant
  9. Chief Executive Officer
  10. Managing Director

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 Program Managers

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Program Managers

Job Title Rank %
Senior Project Manager 1 4.03%
Project Manager 2 3.6%
Program Director 3 1.21%
Consultant 4 1.15%
Director 5 0.94%
Operations Manager 6 0.85%
Information Technology Project Manager 7 0.82%
Manager 8 0.66%
Senior Manager 9 0.66%
Vice President 10 0.62%
Executive Director 11 0.58%
Product Manager 12 0.51%
Case Manager 13 0.49%
Business Developer 14 0.48%
Account Manager 15 0.47%
Program Coordinator 16 0.45%
Owner 17 0.45%
Operations Director 18 0.43%
Marketing Manager 19 0.39%
Office Manager 20 0.38%
Administrative Assistant 21 0.36%
General Manager 22 0.33%
Management Consultant 23 0.33%
Senior Consultant 24 0.33%
Adjunct Professor 25 0.32%
Team Leader 26 0.32%
Substitute Teacher 27 0.32%
Principal 28 0.31%
President 29 0.3%
Teacher 30 0.29%
Business Analyst 31 0.29%
Business Development Manager 32 0.28%
Registered Nurse 33 0.27%
Customer Service Representative 34 0.27%
Engineering Manager 35 0.26%
Purchasing Manager 36 0.25%
Principal Consultant 37 0.23%
Service Manager 38 0.23%
Internship 39 0.23%
Therapist 40 0.23%
Chief Executive Officer 41 0.23%
Technical Project Manager 42 0.22%
Account Executive 43 0.22%
Human Resources Coordinator 44 0.22%
Coordinator 45 0.21%
Human Resources Manager 46 0.21%
Director Program Management 47 0.21%
Managing Director 48 0.21%
Assistant Director 49 0.21%
Social Worker 50 0.21%
Chief Operating Officer 51 0.19%
Sales Associate 52 0.19%
Volunteer 53 0.19%
Administrator 54 0.19%
Program/Project Manager 55 0.19%
Supply Chain Manager 56 0.18%
Supervisor 57 0.18%
Instructor 58 0.18%
Senior Product Manager 59 0.18%
Counselor 60 0.18%
Adjunct Instructor 61 0.17%
Sales Manager 62 0.17%
Service Coordinator 63 0.17%
Marketing Director 64 0.17%
Recruiter 65 0.17%
Quality Manager 66 0.17%
Programming Specialist 67 0.17%
Senior Director 68 0.16%
Project Coordinator 69 0.16%
Program Analyst 70 0.16%
Associate Director 71 0.16%
Adjunct Faculty 72 0.16%
Consultant/Project Manager 73 0.16%
Program Management Consultant 74 0.16%
Business Consultant 75 0.15%
Quality Assurance Manager 76 0.15%
Business Manager 77 0.15%
Associate 78 0.15%
Training Manager 79 0.15%
Owner/Operator 80 0.14%
Director Of Information 81 0.14%
Project Director 82 0.14%
Project Leader 83 0.14%
Deputy Program Manager 84 0.14%
Contracts Manager 85 0.14%
Senior Analyst 86 0.14%
Senior Business Analyst 87 0.14%
Program Supervisor 88 0.14%
Specialist 89 0.14%
Assistant Manager 90 0.14%
Service Director 91 0.14%
Information Technology Manager 92 0.14%
Global Program Manager 93 0.13%
Senior Technical Program Manager 94 0.13%
Development Director 95 0.13%
Marketing Consultant 96 0.13%
Project Engineer 97 0.13%
President/Owner 98 0.13%
Engineering Program Manager 99 0.13%
Project Analyst 100 0.13%