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:
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.
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:
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 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:
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.
|Customer Service Representative||1||3.05%|
|Senior Sales Representative||15||0.58%|
|Regional Sales Manager||16||0.58%|
|District Sales Manager||23||0.44%|
|Business Development Manager||25||0.39%|
|Director Of Sales||30||0.35%|
|Customer Service Trainer||34||0.32%|
|Inside Sales Representative||35||0.31%|
|Specialty Sales Representative||36||0.29%|
|Territory Sales Manager||41||0.28%|
|Outside Sales Representative||43||0.27%|
|Pharmaceutical Sales Representative||53||0.22%|
|Sales Associate And Customer Service||57||0.2%|
|Certified Nursing Assistant||64||0.18%|
|Senior Account Executive||72||0.16%|
|Direct Sales Representative||73||0.16%|
|National Account Manager||79||0.16%|
|Sales Account Manager||81||0.15%|
|Retail Sales Consultant||83||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%|
|Technical Support Technician||93||0.13%|
|National Sales Manager||95||0.13%|
|Customer Care Representative||97||0.13%|
|Senior Account Manager||99||0.13%|