These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Research Assistants

We used our database of over 7 million resumes to determine which careers former research assistants are entering now.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarFormer Jobs, Rankings - 5 months ago

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:

  1. Teaching Assistant
  2. Internship
  3. Graduate Research Assistant
  4. Research Associate
  5. Volunteer
  6. Research Scientist
  7. Fellow
  8. Scientist
  9. Research Fellow
  10. Senior Scientist

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.

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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 research assistants:

  1. Fellow
  2. Scientist
  3. Senior Scientist
  4. Data Analyst
  5. Process Engineer
  6. Engineer
  7. Mechanical Engineer
  8. Associate Scientist
  9. Engineering Internship
  10. Law Clerk

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 Research Assistants

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:

  • 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 research assistants.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Research Assistants

Job Title Rank %
Teaching Assistant 1 2.97%
Internship 2 2.94%
Graduate Research Assistant 3 2.51%
Research Associate 4 1.85%
Volunteer 5 0.97%
Research Scientist 6 0.93%
Fellow 7 0.91%
Scientist 8 0.86%
Research Fellow 9 0.78%
Senior Scientist 10 0.67%
Graduate Assistant 11 0.65%
Consultant 12 0.6%
Project Manager 13 0.6%
Graduate Teaching Assistant 14 0.6%
Administrative Assistant 15 0.57%
Laboratory Technician 16 0.56%
Software Engineer 17 0.56%
Sales Associate 18 0.51%
Research Internship 19 0.49%
Researcher 20 0.49%
Associate 21 0.47%
Instructor 22 0.44%
Postdoctoral Research Associate 23 0.43%
Data Analyst 24 0.42%
Research Technician 25 0.42%
Process Engineer 26 0.41%
Engineer 27 0.4%
Tutor 28 0.39%
Teacher 29 0.39%
Research Analyst 30 0.37%
Mechanical Engineer 31 0.37%
Associate Scientist 32 0.37%
Engineering Internship 33 0.36%
Law Clerk 34 0.36%
Server 35 0.35%
Analyst 36 0.35%
Registered Nurse 37 0.34%
Adjunct Professor 38 0.31%
Manager 39 0.3%
Postdoctoral Research Assistant 40 0.3%
Research And Development Internship 41 0.28%
Substitute Teacher 42 0.28%
Laboratory Assistant 43 0.27%
Chemist 44 0.27%
Project Engineer 45 0.27%
Clinical Research Coordinator 46 0.27%
Assistant Professor 47 0.27%
Program Manager 48 0.26%
Teacher Assistant 49 0.26%
Post Doctoral Researcher 50 0.26%
Software Developer 51 0.26%
Graduate Researcher 52 0.25%
Graduate Student Assistant 53 0.25%
Customer Service Representative 54 0.25%
Attorney 55 0.24%
Adjunct Faculty 56 0.24%
Assistant Manager 57 0.24%
Systems Engineer 58 0.24%
Design Engineer 59 0.23%
Research Engineer 60 0.23%
Team Leader 61 0.23%
Student Research Assistant 62 0.23%
Business Analyst 63 0.22%
Research And Development Engineer 64 0.22%
Program Coordinator 65 0.21%
Office Assistant 66 0.21%
Assistant 67 0.21%
Specialist 68 0.2%
Project Coordinator 69 0.2%
Research Specialist 70 0.2%
Laboratory Manager 71 0.2%
Senior Software Engineer 72 0.2%
Postdoctoral Associate 73 0.2%
Marketing Internship 74 0.2%
Research Coordinator 75 0.2%
Legal Extern 76 0.19%
President 77 0.19%
Pharmacist Technician 78 0.19%
Student Assistant 79 0.18%
Staff Scientist 80 0.18%
Electrical Engineer 81 0.18%
Software Engineering Internship 82 0.18%
Senior Engineer 83 0.18%
Manufacturing Engineer 84 0.17%
Supervisor 85 0.17%
Data Scientist 86 0.17%
Associate Attorney 87 0.17%
Office Manager 88 0.17%
Senior Research Associate 89 0.16%
Technician 90 0.16%
Case Manager 91 0.16%
Quality Engineer 92 0.16%
Cashier 93 0.16%
Physician Assistant 94 0.16%
Coordinator 95 0.15%
Speech Language Pathologist 96 0.15%
Vice President 97 0.15%
Operations Manager 98 0.15%
Environmental Scientist 99 0.15%
Adjunct Instructor 100 0.14%

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