These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Software Engineers

We used our database of over 7 million resumes to determine which careers former software engineers are entering now.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarFormer Jobs, Rankings - 5 months ago

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:

  1. Senior Software Engineer
  2. Software Developer
  3. Consultant
  4. Lead Technician
  5. Research Assistant
  6. Senior Java Developer
  7. Systems Engineer
  8. Programmer Analyst
  9. Project Manager
  10. Business Analyst

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.

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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 software engineers:

  1. Lead Technician
  2. Senior Java Developer
  3. Web Developer
  4. Applications Developer
  5. Developer
  6. Quality Assurance Lead
  7. Graduate Research Assistant
  8. Java Developer
  9. Systems Analyst
  10. Graduate Assistant

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 Software Engineers

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:

  • 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 software engineers.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Software Engineers

Job Title Rank %
Senior Software Engineer 1 13.88%
Software Developer 2 2.27%
Consultant 3 1.35%
Lead Technician 4 1.22%
Research Assistant 5 1.18%
Senior Java Developer 6 1.09%
Systems Engineer 7 0.94%
Programmer Analyst 8 0.93%
Project Manager 9 0.9%
Business Analyst 10 0.89%
Web Developer 11 0.88%
Quality Assurance Engineer 12 0.76%
Applications Developer 13 0.76%
Software Engineering Internship 14 0.75%
Developer 15 0.74%
Quality Assurance Lead 16 0.66%
Senior Consultant 17 0.65%
Principal Software Engineer 18 0.64%
Graduate Research Assistant 19 0.64%
Java Developer 20 0.61%
Team Leader 21 0.58%
Software Development Engineer 22 0.56%
Senior Systems Engineer 23 0.5%
Teaching Assistant 24 0.5%
Internship 25 0.5%
Systems Analyst 26 0.5%
Senior Engineer 27 0.48%
Software Test Engineer 28 0.47%
Engineer 29 0.47%
Senior Project Manager 30 0.46%
Product Manager 31 0.45%
Program Manager 32 0.45%
Graduate Assistant 33 0.45%
Test Engineer 34 0.44%
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer 35 0.4%
Net Developer 36 0.4%
Project Leader 37 0.39%
Quality Assurance Analyst 38 0.37%
Software Consultant 39 0.35%
Senior .Net Developer 40 0.34%
Systems Administrator 41 0.34%
Principal Engineer 42 0.34%
Senior Programmer Analyst 43 0.32%
Database Administrator 44 0.32%
Staff Software Engineer 45 0.32%
Graduate Teaching Assistant 46 0.32%
Technical Analyst 47 0.31%
Java/J2Ee Developer 48 0.31%
Solutions Architect 49 0.3%
Data Analyst 50 0.3%
Software Engineering Manager 51 0.29%
Lead Engineer 52 0.29%
Programmer 53 0.28%
Technical Consultant 54 0.28%
Embedded Software Engineer 55 0.28%
Lead Developer 56 0.27%
Director Of Software Development 57 0.27%
Engineering Manager 58 0.27%
Senior Manager 59 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%
Software Architect 64 0.25%
Information Technology Manager 65 0.25%
Information Technology Project Manager 66 0.25%
Information Technology Specialist 67 0.25%
Interactive Developer 68 0.23%
Information Technology Consultant 69 0.23%
Chief Technology Officer 70 0.23%
Associate 71 0.23%
Owner 72 0.23%
Senior Business Analyst 73 0.23%
Architect 74 0.23%
Technology Architect 75 0.22%
Senior Systems Analyst 76 0.22%
Senior Associate 77 0.21%
Senior Analyst 78 0.21%
Technical Project Manager 79 0.21%
Senior Web Developer 80 0.21%
Software Engineer-Consultant 81 0.21%
Manager 82 0.21%
Software Systems Engineer 83 0.2%
Information Technology Analyst 84 0.2%
Oracle Database Administrator 85 0.2%
Founder 86 0.2%
Firmware Engineer 87 0.19%
Senior Technologist 88 0.19%
Application Engineer 89 0.18%
Automation Engineer 90 0.18%
Software Design Engineer 91 0.18%
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst 92 0.18%
Web Application Developer 93 0.18%
Quality Assurance 94 0.17%
Senior Product Manager 95 0.17%
Front End Developer 96 0.17%
Software Quality Engineer 97 0.17%
Mobile Applications Developer 98 0.17%
Engineering Internship 99 0.16%
Electrical Engineer 100 0.16%

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