These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Sales Representatives

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 12 months ago
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It’s tough to be a sales representative 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 representative isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become sales representatives in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many sales representatives 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 representatives 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 representatives:

  1. Customer Service Representative
  2. Sales Associate
  3. Account Executive
  4. Account Manager
  5. Sales Manager
  6. Sales Consultant
  7. Cashier
  8. Assistant Manager
  9. Manager
  10. Administrative Assistant

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

  1. Territory Manager
  2. Business Developer
  3. Business Development Manager
  4. District Manager
  5. Agent
  6. Insurance Agent
  7. Marketing Director
  8. Bartender
  9. Branch Manager
  10. Senior Account Executive

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 Representatives

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Sales Representatives

Job Title Rank %
Customer Service Representative 1 3.05%
Sales Associate 2 2.13%
Account Executive 3 1.95%
Account Manager 4 1.48%
Sales Manager 5 1.34%
Sales Consultant 6 1.1%
Cashier 7 0.98%
Assistant Manager 8 0.87%
Manager 9 0.87%
Administrative Assistant 10 0.84%
Territory Manager 11 0.8%
Server 12 0.8%
Store Manager 13 0.76%
Owner 14 0.69%
Senior Sales Representative 15 0.58%
Regional Sales Manager 16 0.58%
Internship 17 0.56%
General Manager 18 0.51%
Office Manager 19 0.5%
Business Developer 20 0.49%
Sales Specialist 21 0.47%
Project Manager 22 0.45%
District Sales Manager 23 0.44%
Operations Manager 24 0.43%
Business Development Manager 25 0.39%
Specialist 26 0.37%
Teacher 27 0.37%
Consultant 28 0.36%
Vice President 29 0.35%
Director Of Sales 30 0.35%
Substitute Teacher 31 0.34%
Security Officer 32 0.33%
Owner/Operator 33 0.33%
Customer Service Trainer 34 0.32%
Inside Sales Representative 35 0.31%
Specialty Sales Representative 36 0.29%
Supervisor 37 0.29%
Volunteer 38 0.29%
Receptionist 39 0.29%
Representative 40 0.28%
Territory Sales Manager 41 0.28%
Team Leader 42 0.28%
Outside Sales Representative 43 0.27%
Sales/Marketing 44 0.26%
District Manager 45 0.25%
Office Assistant 46 0.25%
Technician 47 0.25%
Teller 48 0.24%
Marketing Manager 49 0.24%
Driver 50 0.24%
Service Representative 51 0.24%
Associate 52 0.23%
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative 53 0.22%
Agent 54 0.22%
Crew Member 55 0.22%
President 56 0.2%
Sales Associate And Customer Service 57 0.2%
Account Representative 58 0.2%
Insurance Agent 59 0.19%
Marketing Director 60 0.19%
Marketing Representative 61 0.19%
Pharmacist Technician 62 0.19%
Waitress 63 0.18%
Certified Nursing Assistant 64 0.18%
Sales Agent 65 0.18%
Marketing Internship 66 0.18%
Sales Professional 67 0.18%
Bartender 68 0.17%
Branch Manager 69 0.17%
Warehouse Associate 70 0.17%
Machine Operator 71 0.17%
Senior Account Executive 72 0.16%
Direct Sales Representative 73 0.16%
Sales Person 74 0.16%
Regional Manager 75 0.16%
Recruiter 76 0.16%
Product Manager 77 0.16%
Merchandiser 78 0.16%
National Account Manager 79 0.16%
Registered Nurse 80 0.16%
Sales Account Manager 81 0.15%
Delivery Driver 82 0.15%
Retail Sales Consultant 83 0.15%
Medical Assistant 84 0.15%
Technical Support Specialist 85 0.15%
Key Account Manager 86 0.15%
Customer Service Associate 87 0.15%
Medical Sales Representative 88 0.15%
Chief Executive Officer 89 0.14%
Finance Advisor 90 0.14%
Property Manager 91 0.14%
Personal Banker 92 0.14%
Technical Support Technician 93 0.13%
Marketing Coordinator 94 0.13%
National Sales Manager 95 0.13%
Billing Specialist 96 0.13%
Customer Care Representative 97 0.13%
Bartender Server 98 0.13%
Senior Account Manager 99 0.13%
Coordinator 100 0.13%