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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:
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.
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:
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 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:
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.
|Senior Project Manager||1||4.03%|
|Information Technology Project Manager||7||0.82%|
|Business Development Manager||32||0.28%|
|Customer Service Representative||34||0.27%|
|Chief Executive Officer||41||0.23%|
|Technical Project Manager||42||0.22%|
|Human Resources Coordinator||44||0.22%|
|Human Resources Manager||46||0.21%|
|Director Program Management||47||0.21%|
|Chief Operating Officer||51||0.19%|
|Supply Chain Manager||56||0.18%|
|Senior Product Manager||59||0.18%|
|Program Management Consultant||74||0.16%|
|Quality Assurance Manager||76||0.15%|
|Director Of Information||81||0.14%|
|Deputy Program Manager||84||0.14%|
|Senior Business Analyst||87||0.14%|
|Information Technology Manager||92||0.14%|
|Global Program Manager||93||0.13%|
|Senior Technical Program Manager||94||0.13%|
|Engineering Program Manager||99||0.13%|
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