These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Sales Managers

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

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarFormer Jobs, Rankings - 5 months ago

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

With so many sales 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 sales 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 sales managers:

  1. Account Executive
  2. Sales Representative
  3. General Manager
  4. Store Manager
  5. Director Of Sales
  6. Account Manager
  7. Regional Sales Manager
  8. Sales Associate
  9. Vice President
  10. Manager

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

  1. Business Developer
  2. Senior Account Executive
  3. Marketing Director
  4. Operations Director
  5. Chief Executive Officer
  6. Recruiter
  7. Principal
  8. Realtor
  9. Insurance Agent
  10. President/Owner

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 Managers

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Sales Managers

Job Title Rank %
Account Executive 1 2.36%
Sales Representative 2 2.3%
General Manager 3 2.23%
Store Manager 4 1.79%
Director Of Sales 5 1.74%
Account Manager 6 1.56%
Regional Sales Manager 7 1.3%
Sales Associate 8 1.22%
Vice President 9 1.22%
Manager 10 1.09%
Sales Consultant 11 1.08%
Owner 12 1.06%
Business Development Manager 13 1.04%
Operations Manager 14 1.03%
Business Developer 15 0.93%
Customer Service Representative 16 0.82%
Assistant Manager 17 0.69%
Project Manager 18 0.63%
District Sales Manager 19 0.61%
Office Manager 20 0.59%
National Sales Manager 21 0.57%
Director Of Sales And Marketing 22 0.55%
Assistant Store Manager 23 0.54%
General Sales Manager 24 0.5%
Sales/Marketing 25 0.49%
Consultant 26 0.49%
President 27 0.48%
Owner/Operator 28 0.46%
Administrative Assistant 29 0.45%
Territory Manager 30 0.43%
Marketing Manager 31 0.43%
Senior Account Executive 32 0.4%
Senior Sales Manager 33 0.36%
Product Manager 34 0.35%
Director 35 0.34%
Marketing Director 36 0.33%
Territory Sales Manager 37 0.33%
Sales Specialist 38 0.32%
Finance Manager 39 0.32%
Branch Manager 40 0.32%
District Manager 41 0.3%
Sales And Marketing Manager 42 0.3%
Senior Account Manager 43 0.29%
National Account Manager 44 0.29%
Senior Sales Representative 45 0.28%
Regional Manager 46 0.27%
Team Leader 47 0.25%
Business Manager 48 0.25%
Operations Director 49 0.25%
Chief Executive Officer 50 0.24%
Program Manager 51 0.24%
Recruiter 52 0.23%
Service Manager 53 0.23%
Sales Person 54 0.22%
Specialist 55 0.22%
Principal 56 0.22%
Sales Account Manager 57 0.22%
Realtor 58 0.22%
Supervisor 59 0.22%
Insurance Agent 60 0.22%
Sales Engineer 61 0.21%
Server 62 0.21%
President/Owner 63 0.2%
Outside Sales 64 0.2%
Sales Agent 65 0.19%
Senior Manager 66 0.19%
Substitute Teacher 67 0.19%
Teacher 68 0.19%
Key Account Manager 69 0.18%
Sales And Operations Manager 70 0.18%
Internship 71 0.18%
Finance Advisor 72 0.18%
Vice President, Business Development 73 0.18%
Managing Director 74 0.18%
Property Manager 75 0.17%
Area Manager 76 0.17%
Outside Sales Representative 77 0.17%
Managing Partner 78 0.17%
Purchasing Manager 79 0.16%
Agent 80 0.16%
Owner/Manager 81 0.16%
Human Resources Manager 82 0.16%
Marketing Consultant 83 0.16%
Internet Sales Manager 84 0.15%
Retail Sales Consultant 85 0.15%
Retail Sales Manager 86 0.15%
Human Resources Coordinator 87 0.15%
Customer Service Manager 88 0.15%
Inside Sales Representative 89 0.15%
Executive Assistant 90 0.15%
Regional Accounts Manager 91 0.14%
President/Chief Executive Officer 92 0.14%
Broker 93 0.14%
Executive Director 94 0.14%
Business Development Executive 95 0.14%
Senior Sales Executive 96 0.13%
Representative 97 0.13%
Partner 98 0.13%
Driver 99 0.13%
Cashier 100 0.13%

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