These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Project Managers

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

With so many project 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 project 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 project managers:

  1. Senior Project Manager
  2. Program Manager
  3. Consultant
  4. Information Technology Project Manager
  5. Operations Manager
  6. Owner
  7. Manager
  8. Construction Manager
  9. Business Analyst
  10. Product Manager

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

  1. Superintendent
  2. Business Developer
  3. Operations Director
  4. Principal
  5. Management Consultant
  6. Senior Business Analyst
  7. Engineer
  8. Chief Executive Officer
  9. Information Technology Consultant
  10. Estimator

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 Project Managers

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Project Managers

Job Title Rank %
Senior Project Manager 1 5.07%
Program Manager 2 2.48%
Consultant 3 1.3%
Information Technology Project Manager 4 1.26%
Operations Manager 5 1.12%
Owner 6 0.89%
Manager 7 0.84%
Construction Manager 8 0.82%
Business Analyst 9 0.82%
Product Manager 10 0.59%
Vice President 11 0.56%
General Manager 12 0.54%
Account Manager 13 0.51%
Senior Manager 14 0.51%
Project Coordinator 15 0.5%
Project Engineer 16 0.5%
Superintendent 17 0.46%
Marketing Manager 18 0.43%
Technical Project Manager 19 0.43%
President 20 0.4%
Business Developer 21 0.39%
Senior Consultant 22 0.38%
Director 23 0.37%
Operations Director 24 0.37%
Principal 25 0.36%
Owner/Operator 26 0.36%
Office Manager 27 0.34%
Account Executive 28 0.34%
Project Analyst 29 0.34%
Management Consultant 30 0.32%
Senior Business Analyst 31 0.31%
Information Technology Manager 32 0.3%
Team Leader 33 0.29%
Customer Service Representative 34 0.28%
Consultant/Project Manager 35 0.28%
Administrative Assistant 36 0.28%
Sales Representative 37 0.27%
Sales Associate 38 0.26%
Manager And Consultant 39 0.26%
Service Manager 40 0.25%
Internship 41 0.23%
Program/Project Manager 42 0.23%
Engineering Manager 43 0.22%
Engineer 44 0.22%
Chief Executive Officer 45 0.21%
Project Leader 46 0.21%
Information Technology Consultant 47 0.2%
Estimator 48 0.2%
Project Superintendent 49 0.19%
Sales Manager 50 0.19%
Facilities Manager 51 0.19%
Purchasing Manager 52 0.19%
Data Analyst 53 0.18%
President/Owner 54 0.18%
Estimator Project Manager 55 0.18%
Business Development Manager 56 0.18%
Supervisor 57 0.18%
Business Analyst-Consultant 58 0.18%
Associate 59 0.17%
Principal Consultant 60 0.17%
Production Manager 61 0.17%
Marketing Director 62 0.17%
Assistant Project Manager 63 0.17%
Project Manager/Scrum Master 64 0.17%
Director Of Information 65 0.17%
Volunteer 66 0.16%
Managing Director 67 0.16%
Program Director 68 0.15%
Research Assistant 69 0.15%
General Contractor 70 0.15%
Assistant Manager 71 0.15%
Quality Assurance Manager 72 0.15%
Quality Control Manager 73 0.15%
Technician 74 0.15%
Analyst 75 0.15%
Project Director 76 0.15%
Executive Director 77 0.15%
Owner/Manager 78 0.15%
Store Manager 79 0.14%
Senior Engineer 80 0.14%
Executive Assistant 81 0.14%
Site Manager 82 0.14%
Systems Engineer 83 0.14%
Business Manager 84 0.14%
Systems Administrator 85 0.14%
Adjunct Professor 86 0.14%
Substitute Teacher 87 0.14%
Senior Software Engineer 88 0.14%
Quality Manager 89 0.14%
Teacher 90 0.14%
Property Manager 91 0.13%
Design Engineer 92 0.13%
Architect 93 0.13%
Field Engineer 94 0.13%
Quality Assurance 95 0.13%
Delivery Manager 96 0.13%
Specialist 97 0.13%
Senior Project Engineer 98 0.13%
Mechanical Engineer 99 0.13%
Senior Analyst 100 0.12%

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