It’s tough to be a senior software engineer 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 software engineer isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become senior software engineers in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.
With so many senior software engineers 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 software engineers 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 software engineers:
These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a senior software engineer 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 software engineers 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 senior software engineers:
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 senior software engineer under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a senior software engineer, 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 senior software engineers.
|Senior Java Developer||6||1.58%|
|Principal Software Engineer||7||1.5%|
|Senior .Net Developer||15||0.79%|
|Senior Project Manager||17||0.73%|
|Quality Assurance Lead||18||0.67%|
|Staff Software Engineer||20||0.65%|
|Architect And Developer||22||0.61%|
|Senior Programmer Analyst||24||0.58%|
|Chief Technology Officer||26||0.56%|
|Software Development Manager||28||0.52%|
|Director Of Software Development||30||0.51%|
|Senior Systems Engineer||31||0.51%|
|Senior Web Developer||32||0.48%|
|Senior Systems Analyst||38||0.45%|
|Information Technology Project Manager||40||0.42%|
|Software Development Engineer||41||0.42%|
|Senior Software Architect||46||0.38%|
|Information Technology Manager||57||0.3%|
|Senior Quality Assurance Engineer||58||0.3%|
|Senior Etl Developer||59||0.29%|
|Senior Technical Consultant||64||0.27%|
|Software Engineering Manager||65||0.27%|
|Information Technology Consultant||67||0.27%|
|Senior Business Analyst||69||0.26%|
|Senior Software Engineer/Architect||72||0.26%|
|Software Engineer-Team Lead||73||0.26%|
|Technical Project Manager||77||0.24%|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||78||0.24%|
|Member, Technical Staff||84||0.21%|
|Senior Technician Specialist||86||0.21%|
|Senior Test Engineer||87||0.21%|
|Information Technology Analyst||88||0.21%|
|Senior Product Manager||92||0.2%|
|Software Test Engineer||93||0.2%|
|Lead Software Developer||95||0.2%|
|Mobile Applications Developer||96||0.2%|
|Senior Software Engineer Lead||98||0.19%|
|Graduate Research Assistant||99||0.18%|