It’s tough to be a research assistant 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 research assistant isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become research assistants in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.
With so many research assistants 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 research assistants 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 research assistants:
These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a research assistant 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 research assistants 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 research assistants:
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 research assistant under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a research assistant, 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 research assistants.
|Graduate Research Assistant||3||2.51%|
|Graduate Teaching Assistant||14||0.6%|
|Postdoctoral Research Associate||23||0.43%|
|Postdoctoral Research Assistant||40||0.3%|
|Research And Development Internship||41||0.28%|
|Clinical Research Coordinator||46||0.27%|
|Post Doctoral Researcher||50||0.26%|
|Graduate Student Assistant||53||0.25%|
|Customer Service Representative||54||0.25%|
|Student Research Assistant||62||0.23%|
|Research And Development Engineer||64||0.22%|
|Senior Software Engineer||72||0.2%|
|Software Engineering Internship||82||0.18%|
|Senior Research Associate||89||0.16%|
|Speech Language Pathologist||96||0.15%|