These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Secretaries

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 10 months ago
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It’s tough to be a secretary 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 secretary isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become secretaries in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many secretaries 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 secretaries 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 secretaries:

  1. Administrative Assistant
  2. Customer Service Representative
  3. Sales Associate
  4. Office Manager
  5. Cashier
  6. Internship
  7. Volunteer
  8. Teacher
  9. Receptionist
  10. Office Assistant

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a secretary 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 secretaries 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 secretaries:

  1. Office Administrator
  2. Human Resources Assistant
  3. Bookkeeper
  4. Paralegal
  5. Front Desk Receptionist
  6. Medical Receptionist
  7. Data Entry Clerk
  8. Program Assistant
  9. Data Entry Associate
  10. Administrative Coordinator

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 Secretaries

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Secretaries

Job Title Rank %
Administrative Assistant 1 6.62%
Customer Service Representative 2 2.7%
Sales Associate 3 2.4%
Office Manager 4 2.1%
Cashier 5 1.98%
Internship 6 1.32%
Volunteer 7 0.96%
Teacher 8 0.94%
Receptionist 9 0.92%
Office Assistant 10 0.88%
Server 11 0.8%
Substitute Teacher 12 0.74%
Legal Assistant 13 0.73%
Manager 14 0.69%
Assistant Manager 15 0.65%
Executive Assistant 16 0.63%
Medical Assistant 17 0.53%
Legal Secretary 18 0.51%
Certified Nursing Assistant 19 0.5%
Research Assistant 20 0.44%
Customer Service Trainer 21 0.43%
Sales Representative 22 0.43%
Billing Specialist 23 0.43%
Pharmacist Technician 24 0.42%
Assistant 25 0.38%
Human Resources Coordinator 26 0.35%
Waitress 27 0.34%
Clerk 28 0.33%
Registered Nurse 29 0.33%
Teller 30 0.33%
Owner 31 0.3%
Home Health Aid 32 0.3%
President 33 0.3%
Office Administrator 34 0.3%
Teacher Assistant 35 0.29%
Administrator Secretary 36 0.28%
Receptionist Secretary 37 0.27%
Accounts Payable Clerk 38 0.27%
Associate 39 0.27%
Human Resources Assistant 40 0.27%
Coordinator 41 0.26%
Security Officer 42 0.26%
Vice President 43 0.26%
Supervisor 44 0.25%
Store Manager 45 0.25%
Specialist 46 0.25%
Bookkeeper 47 0.25%
Paralegal 48 0.24%
Unit Secretary 49 0.23%
Case Manager 50 0.23%
Front Desk Receptionist 51 0.23%
Tutor 52 0.23%
Medical Receptionist 53 0.23%
Data Entry Clerk 54 0.22%
Program Assistant 55 0.22%
Teaching Assistant 56 0.21%
Executive Secretary 57 0.21%
Administrator 58 0.2%
Data Entry Associate 59 0.2%
Licensed Practical Nurse 60 0.2%
Technician 61 0.2%
Hostess 62 0.2%
Administrative Coordinator 63 0.19%
Preschool Teacher 64 0.19%
Medical Transcriptionist 65 0.19%
Team Leader 66 0.19%
Nanny 67 0.19%
Student Assistant 68 0.19%
Customer Service Associate 69 0.19%
Administrative Specialist 70 0.18%
Consultant 71 0.18%
Marketing Internship 72 0.17%
Crew Member 73 0.17%
Accountant 74 0.17%
Human Resources Manager 75 0.17%
Accounting Clerk 76 0.16%
Program Coordinator 77 0.16%
Senior Administrative Assistant 78 0.16%
Project Manager 79 0.16%
Office Clerk 80 0.16%
Medical Records Clerk 81 0.15%
Operations Manager 82 0.15%
Human Resource Specialist 83 0.15%
Personal Assistant 84 0.14%
Program Analyst 85 0.14%
Dental Assistant 86 0.13%
Counselor 87 0.13%
General Manager 88 0.13%
Executive Administrative Assistant 89 0.13%
Graduate Assistant 90 0.13%
Ship Worker 91 0.13%
Instructor 92 0.13%
Account Manager 93 0.13%
Property Manager 94 0.13%
Buyer 95 0.13%
Patient Service Representative 96 0.12%
Assistant Secretary 97 0.12%
Accounting Assistant 98 0.12%
Owner/Operator 99 0.12%
Graphic Designer 100 0.12%