These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Senior Project Managers

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

With so many senior project 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 senior project 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 senior project managers:

  1. Project Manager
  2. Program Manager
  3. Information Technology Project Manager
  4. Consultant
  5. Senior Manager
  6. Vice President
  7. Director
  8. Senior Consultant
  9. Principal
  10. Manager

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

  1. Principal
  2. Management Consultant
  3. Principal Consultant
  4. Program Director
  5. Director Program Management
  6. Operations Director
  7. Business Developer
  8. Managing Director
  9. Information Technology Consultant
  10. Program Management Consultant

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 Senior Project Managers

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Senior Project Managers

Job Title Rank %
Project Manager 1 8.74%
Program Manager 2 4.79%
Information Technology Project Manager 3 2.94%
Consultant 4 1.74%
Senior Manager 5 1.48%
Vice President 6 1.13%
Director 7 0.85%
Senior Consultant 8 0.83%
Principal 9 0.74%
Manager 10 0.71%
Technical Project Manager 11 0.69%
Operations Manager 12 0.67%
Management Consultant 13 0.63%
Construction Manager 14 0.63%
Director Of Project Management 15 0.6%
Product Manager 16 0.58%
Owner 17 0.56%
Senior Product Manager 18 0.54%
Principal Consultant 19 0.53%
Program Director 20 0.53%
Director Program Management 21 0.5%
President 22 0.49%
Operations Director 23 0.48%
Program/Project Manager 24 0.45%
Business Developer 25 0.41%
Business Analyst 26 0.41%
Managing Director 27 0.41%
Project Analyst 28 0.39%
Manager And Consultant 29 0.37%
Information Technology Manager 30 0.37%
Project Director 31 0.37%
Account Manager 32 0.36%
Consultant/Project Manager 33 0.35%
Senior Technical Program Manager 34 0.35%
Senior Business Analyst 35 0.34%
General Manager 36 0.33%
Project Manager/Scrum Master 37 0.31%
Engineering Manager 38 0.31%
Delivery Manager 39 0.3%
Information Technology Consultant 40 0.29%
Program Management Consultant 41 0.28%
Senior Director 42 0.28%
Director Of Information 43 0.28%
Senior Information Technology Manager 44 0.26%
Manager, Project Management 45 0.26%
Senior Management Consultant 46 0.26%
Portfolio Manager 47 0.25%
Scrum Master 48 0.25%
Associate Director 49 0.25%
Marketing Manager 50 0.25%
Project Leader 51 0.24%
Information Technology Director 52 0.24%
President/Owner 53 0.23%
Chief Executive Officer 54 0.23%
Business Development Manager 55 0.23%
Chief Operating Officer 56 0.23%
Senior Vice President 57 0.23%
Chief Information Officer 58 0.21%
Director Of Construction 59 0.21%
Solutions Architect 60 0.2%
Project Engineer 61 0.2%
Service Delivery Manager 62 0.2%
Executive Director 63 0.19%
Director Project Management Office 64 0.19%
President Of Operations 65 0.18%
Service Manager 66 0.18%
Manager, Project Management Office 67 0.18%
Team Leader 68 0.18%
Project Consultant 69 0.18%
Engineering Program Manager 70 0.18%
Marketing Director 71 0.18%
Business Analyst-Consultant 72 0.17%
Engineering Director 73 0.17%
Senior Account Manager 74 0.17%
Pmo Manager 75 0.17%
Owner/Operator 76 0.17%
Adjunct Professor 77 0.16%
Agile Coach 78 0.16%
President/Chief Executive Officer 79 0.15%
Business Consultant 80 0.15%
Development Manager 81 0.15%
Engagement Manager 82 0.15%
Data Analyst 83 0.15%
Global Program Manager 84 0.15%
Senior Engineer 85 0.15%
Quality Assurance 86 0.15%
Project Executive 87 0.15%
Account Director 88 0.14%
Contractor/Consultant 89 0.14%
Vice President Of Information Technology 90 0.14%
Chief Technology Officer 91 0.14%
Senior Infrastructure Project Manager 92 0.14%
Senior Systems Engineer 93 0.14%
Managing Partner 94 0.14%
Vice President And Manager 95 0.14%
Senior Software Engineer 96 0.14%
Purchasing Manager 97 0.14%
Technical Manager 98 0.14%
Vice President Of Programming 99 0.14%
Account Executive 100 0.13%