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It’s tough to be a systems 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 systems engineer isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become systems engineers in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.
With so many systems 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 systems 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 systems engineers:
These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a systems 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 systems 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 systems 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 systems engineer under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a systems 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 systems engineers.
|Senior Systems Engineer||1||4.37%|
|Information Technology Manager||7||1.08%|
|Senior Network Engineer||8||0.93%|
|Senior Software Engineer||9||0.9%|
|Senior System Administrator||12||0.78%|
|Information Technology Consultant||15||0.63%|
|Technical Support Specialist||18||0.53%|
|Windows System Administrator||22||0.5%|
|Information Technology Project Manager||24||0.48%|
|Principal Systems Engineer||25||0.48%|
|Lead Systems Engineer||27||0.47%|
|Senior Project Manager||32||0.42%|
|Technical Support Engineer||33||0.41%|
|Director Of Information||35||0.39%|
|Graduate Research Assistant||37||0.38%|
|Information Technology Specialist||41||0.34%|
|Senior Systems Analyst||44||0.32%|
|Field Service Technician||49||0.28%|
|Information Technology Director||54||0.26%|
|Information Technology Analyst||61||0.24%|
|System Test Engineer||65||0.23%|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||68||0.22%|
|Information Systems Technician||69||0.22%|
|Software Test Engineer||71||0.22%|
|Graduate Teaching Assistant||74||0.21%|
|Chief Technology Officer||76||0.2%|
|Manager, Systems Engineering||77||0.2%|
|Network Security Engineer||78||0.2%|
|Information Security Analyst||80||0.2%|
|Quality Assurance Analyst||83||0.19%|
|Senior Project Engineer||84||0.18%|
|Information Technology Technician||86||0.18%|
|Senior Solutions Architect||89||0.18%|
|Senior Electrical Engineer||90||0.18%|
|Radio Frequency Engineer||91||0.17%|
|Systems Engineer Staff||95||0.17%|
|Systems Integration Engineer||96||0.17%|
|Senior Infrastructure Engineer||98||0.16%|
|Senior Technician Specialist||100||0.16%|
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