These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Receptionists

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

With so many receptionists 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 receptionists 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 receptionists:

  1. Administrative Assistant
  2. Customer Service Representative
  3. Sales Associate
  4. Cashier
  5. Office Manager
  6. Office Assistant
  7. Server
  8. Internship
  9. Assistant Manager
  10. Medical Assistant

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a receptionist 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 receptionists 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 receptionists:

  1. Office Administrator
  2. Data Entry Associate
  3. Nanny
  4. Data Entry Clerk
  5. Human Resources Assistant
  6. Preschool Teacher
  7. Personal Assistant
  8. Barista
  9. Medical Records Clerk
  10. Front Desk Coordinator

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 Receptionists

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Receptionists

Job Title Rank %
Administrative Assistant 1 5.09%
Customer Service Representative 2 4.43%
Sales Associate 3 3.35%
Cashier 4 2.49%
Office Manager 5 1.81%
Office Assistant 6 1.56%
Server 7 1.47%
Internship 8 0.97%
Assistant Manager 9 0.96%
Medical Assistant 10 0.76%
Manager 11 0.71%
Teacher 12 0.68%
Certified Nursing Assistant 13 0.64%
Volunteer 14 0.64%
Customer Service Trainer 15 0.62%
Billing Specialist 16 0.59%
Legal Assistant 17 0.57%
Teller 18 0.56%
Sales Representative 19 0.54%
Substitute Teacher 20 0.54%
Front Desk Receptionist 21 0.52%
Pharmacist Technician 22 0.47%
Teacher Assistant 23 0.44%
Human Resources Coordinator 24 0.39%
Secretary 25 0.38%
Executive Assistant 26 0.37%
Office Administrator 27 0.37%
Home Health Aid 28 0.36%
Waitress 29 0.36%
Accounts Payable Clerk 30 0.36%
Assistant 31 0.36%
Medical Receptionist 32 0.35%
Hostess 33 0.35%
Supervisor 34 0.34%
Associate 35 0.33%
Data Entry Associate 36 0.33%
Nanny 37 0.32%
Data Entry Clerk 38 0.31%
Clerk 39 0.31%
Human Resources Assistant 40 0.3%
Preschool Teacher 41 0.29%
Registered Nurse 42 0.29%
Store Manager 43 0.28%
Customer Service Associate 44 0.28%
Specialist 45 0.28%
Personal Assistant 46 0.27%
Barista 47 0.24%
Coordinator 48 0.24%
Crew Member 49 0.24%
Security Officer 50 0.24%
Medical Records Clerk 51 0.23%
Server And Hostess 52 0.22%
Front Desk Coordinator 53 0.22%
Accounts Receivable Specialist 54 0.21%
Owner 55 0.21%
Service Representative 56 0.21%
Case Manager 57 0.2%
Patient Service Representative 58 0.2%
Bartender 59 0.2%
Call Center Representative 60 0.19%
Dental Assistant 61 0.19%
Accounting Clerk 62 0.19%
Technician 63 0.19%
Bartender Server 64 0.19%
Representative 65 0.18%
Unit Secretary 66 0.18%
Paralegal 67 0.17%
Licensed Practical Nurse 68 0.17%
Team Leader 69 0.17%
Legal Secretary 70 0.16%
Patient Access Representative 71 0.16%
Sales Associate And Customer Service 72 0.16%
Front Desk Clerk 73 0.16%
Receptionist Secretary 74 0.16%
Administrator 75 0.16%
File Clerk 76 0.16%
Consultant 77 0.15%
Bank Teller 78 0.15%
Sales Associate And Cashier 79 0.15%
Research Assistant 80 0.15%
Tutor 81 0.15%
Account Manager 82 0.15%
Customer Service Specialist 83 0.15%
Ship Worker 84 0.14%
Bookkeeper 85 0.14%
Operations Manager 86 0.14%
Office Clerk 87 0.14%
Medical Assistant Externship 88 0.14%
Accounting Assistant 89 0.13%
Graphic Designer 90 0.13%
Beauty Advisor 91 0.13%
Processor 92 0.13%
Agent 93 0.13%
Teacher Aide 94 0.13%
Dispatcher 95 0.13%
Sales Assistant 96 0.13%
Student Assistant 97 0.13%
Veterinary Technician 98 0.13%
Customer Care Representative 99 0.12%
Service Coordinator 100 0.12%

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