These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Teaching Assistants

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 10 months ago
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It’s tough to be a teaching assistant 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 teaching assistant isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become teaching assistants in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many teaching assistants 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 teaching assistants 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 teaching assistants:

  1. Research Assistant
  2. Graduate Research Assistant
  3. Internship
  4. Instructor
  5. Teacher
  6. Research Associate
  7. Graduate Assistant
  8. Volunteer
  9. Graduate Researcher
  10. Fellow

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a teaching assistant 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 teaching assistants 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 teaching assistants:

  1. Research Associate
  2. Graduate Researcher
  3. Fellow
  4. Research Fellow
  5. Adjunct Professor
  6. Researcher
  7. Research Scientist
  8. Adjunct Faculty
  9. Adjunct Instructor
  10. Scientist

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 Teaching Assistants

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Teaching Assistants

Job Title Rank %
Research Assistant 1 10.27%
Graduate Research Assistant 2 3.04%
Internship 3 2.4%
Instructor 4 1.08%
Teacher 5 1.06%
Research Associate 6 1.04%
Graduate Assistant 7 0.76%
Volunteer 8 0.76%
Graduate Researcher 9 0.74%
Fellow 10 0.72%
Research Fellow 11 0.7%
Substitute Teacher 12 0.7%
Sales Associate 13 0.69%
Adjunct Professor 14 0.65%
Administrative Assistant 15 0.61%
Software Engineer 16 0.57%
Tutor 17 0.55%
Researcher 18 0.54%
Research Scientist 19 0.53%
Consultant 20 0.52%
Adjunct Faculty 21 0.48%
Adjunct Instructor 22 0.47%
Graduate Teaching Assistant 23 0.44%
Server 24 0.43%
Scientist 25 0.37%
Assistant Professor 26 0.37%
Associate 27 0.36%
Project Manager 28 0.35%
Laboratory Technician 29 0.35%
Customer Service Representative 30 0.34%
Graduate Student Assistant 31 0.34%
Postdoctoral Research Associate 32 0.33%
Data Analyst 33 0.32%
Lecturer 34 0.28%
Research Internship 35 0.26%
Senior Scientist 36 0.26%
Mechanical Engineer 37 0.25%
Registered Nurse 38 0.25%
Special Education Teacher 39 0.25%
Post Doctoral Researcher 40 0.25%
Assistant Manager 41 0.24%
Engineer 42 0.24%
Laboratory Assistant 43 0.23%
Cashier 44 0.23%
Engineering Internship 45 0.23%
Software Engineering Internship 46 0.23%
Office Assistant 47 0.22%
Postdoctoral Research Assistant 48 0.22%
Student Research Assistant 49 0.22%
Analyst 50 0.21%
Office Manager 51 0.21%
Program Manager 52 0.21%
Assistant 53 0.21%
Project Engineer 54 0.2%
Graphic Designer 55 0.19%
Electrical Engineer 56 0.19%
Design Engineer 57 0.19%
Professor 58 0.19%
Student Assistant 59 0.18%
Research And Development Internship 60 0.18%
Software Developer 61 0.18%
Manager 62 0.18%
Specialist 63 0.18%
Process Engineer 64 0.18%
Marketing Internship 65 0.18%
Teacher Assistant 66 0.17%
President 67 0.17%
Research Technician 68 0.17%
Writer And Editor 69 0.17%
Web Developer 70 0.17%
Owner 71 0.16%
Chemist 72 0.16%
Coordinator 73 0.16%
Pharmacist Technician 74 0.16%
Editor 75 0.15%
Team Leader 76 0.15%
Student Teacher 77 0.15%
Faculty 78 0.14%
Lead Teacher 79 0.14%
Private Tutor 80 0.14%
Program Coordinator 81 0.14%
Director 82 0.14%
Laboratory Manager 83 0.14%
Data Scientist 84 0.14%
Research Analyst 85 0.14%
Technician 86 0.14%
Vice President 87 0.14%
Systems Engineer 88 0.13%
Software Developer Internship 89 0.13%
Mentor 90 0.13%
Research Engineer 91 0.13%
Receptionist 92 0.13%
Research Specialist 93 0.13%
Math Teacher 94 0.12%
Math Tutor 95 0.12%
Geologist 96 0.12%
Business Analyst 97 0.12%
Preschool Teacher 98 0.12%
Founder 99 0.12%
Supervisor 100 0.12%