Best Jobs For Former Servers [2023]

By Chris Kolmar
Jul. 13, 2022

It’s tough to be a server 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 server isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become servers in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many servers 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 servers 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.

But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Best Jobs For Former SERVERS

  1. Bartender Jobs

  2. Barista Jobs

  3. Nanny Jobs

  4. Front Desk Receptionist Jobs

  5. Shift Leader Jobs

  6. Shift Manager Jobs

  7. Personal Assistant Jobs

  8. Preschool Teacher Jobs

  9. Agent Jobs

  10. Shift Supervisor Jobs

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.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former SERVERS

Rank Job Title %
1 Sales Associate 3.64%
2 Customer Service Representative 2.77%
3 Cashier 2.4%
4 Internship 2.05%
5 Bartender Server 1.63%
6 Administrative Assistant 1.52%
7 Assistant Manager 1.46%
8 Bartender 1.43%
9 Manager 1.32%
10 Sales Representative 0.96%
11 Receptionist 0.75%
12 Volunteer 0.71%
13 Office Manager 0.66%
14 Hostess 0.66%
15 Office Assistant 0.63%
16 Substitute Teacher 0.6%
17 Teller 0.56%
18 Teacher 0.54%
19 Server And Hostess 0.51%
20 Associate 0.46%
21 Customer Service Trainer 0.45%
22 Barista 0.41%
23 Crew Member 0.41%
24 Supervisor 0.41%
25 Registered Nurse 0.41%
26 Certified Nursing Assistant 0.39%
27 General Manager 0.38%
28 Nanny 0.35%
29 Assistant 0.33%
30 Pharmacist Technician 0.33%
31 Marketing Internship 0.33%
32 Medical Assistant 0.31%
33 Banquet Server 0.3%
34 Security Officer 0.3%
35 Specialist 0.3%
36 Waitress 0.3%
37 Store Manager 0.3%
38 Teacher Assistant 0.29%
39 Front Desk Receptionist 0.29%
40 Research Assistant 0.29%
41 Cook 0.28%
42 Server And Certified Trainer 0.28%
43 Shift Leader 0.26%
44 Account Manager 0.26%
45 Sales Consultant 0.25%
46 Customer Service Associate 0.25%
47 Technician 0.25%
48 Team Leader 0.24%
49 Account Executive 0.24%
50 Owner 0.23%
51 Delivery Driver 0.22%
52 Operations Manager 0.22%
53 Home Health Aid 0.22%
54 Legal Assistant 0.21%
55 Tutor 0.21%
56 Consultant 0.2%
57 Shift Manager 0.19%
58 Personal Assistant 0.19%
59 Driver 0.19%
60 Graphic Designer 0.18%
61 Warehouse Associate 0.18%
62 Machine Operator 0.18%
63 Preschool Teacher 0.18%
64 Agent 0.18%
65 Shift Supervisor 0.18%
66 Owner/operator 0.18%
67 Cocktail Server 0.17%
68 Bank Teller 0.17%
69 Project Manager 0.17%
70 Sales Associate And Customer Service 0.17%
71 Front Desk Agent 0.16%
72 Food Runner 0.16%
73 Event Coordinator 0.16%
74 Teaching Assistant 0.16%
75 Marketing Coordinator 0.15%
76 Line Cook 0.15%
77 Clerk 0.15%
78 Sales Person 0.15%
79 Lead Server 0.14%
80 Package Handler 0.14%
81 Assistant Store Manager 0.14%
82 Secretary 0.14%
83 Assistant General Manager 0.14%
84 Executive Assistant 0.14%
85 Case Manager 0.14%
86 Personal Trainer 0.14%
87 Human Resources Coordinator 0.14%
88 Sales Manager 0.14%
89 Service Representative 0.14%
90 Student Assistant 0.14%
91 Brand Ambassador 0.13%
92 Manufacturing Team Member 0.13%
93 Restaurant Manager 0.13%
94 Photographer 0.13%
95 Recruiter 0.13%
96 Warehouse Worker 0.13%
97 Billing Specialist 0.13%
98 Representative 0.12%
99 Call Center Representative 0.12%
100 Housekeeper 0.12%

Most Common Jobs For Former SERVERS

  1. Sales Associate

  2. Customer Service Representative

  3. Cashier

  4. Internship

  5. Bartender Server

  6. Administrative Assistant

  7. Assistant Manager

  8. Bartender

  9. Manager

  10. Sales Representative

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a server would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — they’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former servers to do.

How We Determined the Best Jobs of Former SERVERS

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

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Author

Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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