These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Sales Associates

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

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarFormer Jobs, Rankings - 5 months ago

It’s tough to be a sales associate 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 sales associate isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become sales associates in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many sales associates 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 sales associates 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 sales associates:

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

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a sales associate 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 sales associates 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 sales associates:

  1. Front Desk Receptionist
  2. Barista
  3. Key Holder
  4. Bank Teller
  5. Nanny
  6. Manufacturing Team Member
  7. Merchandiser
  8. Shift Supervisor
  9. Shift Leader
  10. Student Assistant

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 Sales Associates

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Sales Associates

Job Title Rank %
Customer Service Representative 1 3.64%
Cashier 2 2.98%
Assistant Manager 3 1.92%
Internship 4 1.59%
Administrative Assistant 5 1.55%
Server 6 1.53%
Sales Representative 7 1.04%
Store Manager 8 0.84%
Manager 9 0.83%
Teller 10 0.79%
Receptionist 11 0.76%
Office Assistant 12 0.65%
Volunteer 13 0.64%
Associate 14 0.57%
Office Manager 15 0.55%
Substitute Teacher 16 0.54%
Teacher 17 0.53%
Security Officer 18 0.52%
Crew Member 19 0.45%
Supervisor 20 0.45%
Pharmacist Technician 21 0.45%
Customer Service Trainer 22 0.44%
Certified Nursing Assistant 23 0.44%
Assistant Store Manager 24 0.42%
Sales Consultant 25 0.42%
Specialist 26 0.41%
Hostess 27 0.4%
Warehouse Associate 28 0.39%
Customer Service Associate 29 0.39%
Teacher Assistant 30 0.37%
Account Executive 31 0.36%
Team Leader 32 0.35%
Sales Manager 33 0.35%
Marketing Internship 34 0.34%
Sales Associate And Cashier 35 0.32%
Front Desk Receptionist 36 0.32%
Medical Assistant 37 0.31%
Barista 38 0.31%
Waitress 39 0.31%
Account Manager 40 0.29%
Technician 41 0.28%
Assistant 42 0.27%
Key Holder 43 0.27%
Sales Associate And Customer Service 44 0.26%
Research Assistant 45 0.26%
Home Health Aid 46 0.26%
Owner 47 0.25%
Bank Teller 48 0.25%
Nanny 49 0.24%
Operations Manager 50 0.24%
Manufacturing Team Member 51 0.23%
Warehouse Worker 52 0.22%
Graphic Designer 53 0.22%
Machine Operator 54 0.22%
Merchandiser 55 0.21%
Driver 56 0.21%
Sales Leader 57 0.2%
Delivery Driver 58 0.2%
General Manager 59 0.2%
Clerk 60 0.19%
Shift Supervisor 61 0.19%
Shift Leader 62 0.19%
Student Assistant 63 0.19%
Agent 64 0.19%
Department Manager 65 0.18%
Material Handler 66 0.18%
Server And Hostess 67 0.18%
Preschool Teacher 68 0.17%
Package Handler 69 0.17%
Call Center Representative 70 0.17%
Bartender Server 71 0.17%
Shift Manager 72 0.17%
Service Representative 73 0.17%
Registered Nurse 74 0.16%
Project Manager 75 0.16%
Retail Sales Consultant 76 0.16%
Tutor 77 0.16%
Consultant 78 0.16%
Cook 79 0.16%
Photographer 80 0.15%
Customer Service Specialist 81 0.15%
Coordinator 82 0.15%
Legal Assistant 83 0.15%
Secretary 84 0.15%
Sales Specialist 85 0.15%
Housekeeper 86 0.15%
Bartender 87 0.15%
Security Guard 88 0.15%
Personal Assistant 89 0.15%
Technical Support Technician 90 0.15%
Billing Specialist 91 0.14%
Owner/Operator 92 0.14%
Beauty Advisor 93 0.14%
Human Resources Coordinator 94 0.14%
Customer Service Agent 95 0.14%
Executive Assistant 96 0.13%
Representative 97 0.13%
Direct Support Professional 98 0.13%
Sales Person 99 0.13%
Customer Care Representative 100 0.13%

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