It’s tough to be a 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 software engineer isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become software engineers in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.
With so many 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 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 software engineers:
These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a 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 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 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 software engineer under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a 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 software engineers.
|Senior Software Engineer||1||13.88%|
|Senior Java Developer||6||1.09%|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||12||0.76%|
|Software Engineering Internship||14||0.75%|
|Quality Assurance Lead||16||0.66%|
|Principal Software Engineer||18||0.64%|
|Graduate Research Assistant||19||0.64%|
|Software Development Engineer||22||0.56%|
|Senior Systems Engineer||23||0.5%|
|Software Test Engineer||28||0.47%|
|Senior Project Manager||30||0.46%|
|Senior Quality Assurance Engineer||35||0.4%|
|Quality Assurance Analyst||38||0.37%|
|Senior .Net Developer||40||0.34%|
|Senior Programmer Analyst||43||0.32%|
|Staff Software Engineer||45||0.32%|
|Graduate Teaching Assistant||46||0.32%|
|Software Engineering Manager||51||0.29%|
|Embedded Software Engineer||55||0.28%|
|Director Of Software Development||57||0.27%|
|Software Developer Internship||60||0.27%|
|Software Development Manager||61||0.26%|
|Quality Assurance Tester||62||0.26%|
|Research And Development Internship||63||0.26%|
|Information Technology Manager||65||0.25%|
|Information Technology Project Manager||66||0.25%|
|Information Technology Specialist||67||0.25%|
|Information Technology Consultant||69||0.23%|
|Chief Technology Officer||70||0.23%|
|Senior Business Analyst||73||0.23%|
|Senior Systems Analyst||76||0.22%|
|Technical Project Manager||79||0.21%|
|Senior Web Developer||80||0.21%|
|Software Systems Engineer||83||0.2%|
|Information Technology Analyst||84||0.2%|
|Oracle Database Administrator||85||0.2%|
|Software Design Engineer||91||0.18%|
|Senior Quality Assurance Analyst||92||0.18%|
|Web Application Developer||93||0.18%|
|Senior Product Manager||95||0.17%|
|Front End Developer||96||0.17%|
|Software Quality Engineer||97||0.17%|
|Mobile Applications Developer||98||0.17%|