These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Veterinarians

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

With so many veterinarians 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 veterinarians 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 veterinarians:

  1. Associate Veterinarian
  2. Veterinary Technician
  3. Sales Associate
  4. Owner
  5. Staff Veterinarian
  6. Emergency Veterinarian
  7. Customer Service Representative
  8. Associate
  9. Internship
  10. Office Manager

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a veterinarian 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 veterinarians 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 veterinarians:

  1. Veterinary Technician
  2. Sales Associate
  3. Owner
  4. Associate
  5. Office Manager
  6. Internship
  7. Customer Service Representative
  8. Medical Assistant
  9. Sales Representative
  10. Research 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 Veterinarians

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Veterinarians

Job Title Rank %
Associate Veterinarian 1 11.17%
Veterinary Technician 2 2.34%
Sales Associate 3 2.08%
Owner 4 2.08%
Staff Veterinarian 5 1.82%
Emergency Veterinarian 6 1.82%
Customer Service Representative 7 1.04%
Associate 8 1.04%
Internship 9 1.04%
Office Manager 10 1.04%
Sales Representative 11 0.78%
Small Animal Veterinarian 12 0.78%
Graduate Research Assistant 13 0.78%
Cashier 14 0.78%
Medical Assistant 15 0.78%
Director 16 0.78%
Manager 17 0.78%
Volunteer 18 0.78%
Adjunct Professor 19 0.78%
Certified Nursing Assistant 20 0.78%
Research Assistant 21 0.78%
Service Director 22 0.52%
Program Manager 23 0.52%
Engineering Technician 24 0.52%
Microbiologist 25 0.52%
Personal Assistant 26 0.52%
Pharmacist Technician 27 0.52%
Assistant Manager 28 0.52%
Server 29 0.52%
Optometrist/Practice Owner 30 0.52%
Groom 31 0.52%
Study Director 32 0.52%
Massage Therapist 33 0.52%
Dispatcher 34 0.52%
Hospital Director 35 0.52%
Vet Assistant 36 0.52%
Owner/Operator 37 0.52%
Assistant 38 0.52%
Subject Matter Expert 39 0.52%
Supervisor 40 0.52%
Educator 41 0.52%
Registered Nurse 42 0.52%
Instructor 43 0.52%
Secretary 44 0.52%
Paramedic 45 0.52%
Sales Manager 46 0.52%
Postdoctoral Associate 47 0.52%
Scientist 48 0.52%
Branch Manager 49 0.26%
Vice President Research 50 0.26%
Content Writer 51 0.26%
Laboratory Assistant 52 0.26%
Certified Medical Assistant/Certified Nurse Assistant 53 0.26%
Principal Research Economist 54 0.26%
Postdoctoral Research Assistant 55 0.26%
High School English Teacher 56 0.26%
Senior Sales Representative 57 0.26%
Animal Breeder 58 0.26%
Project Coordinator 59 0.26%
Medical Scheduler 60 0.26%
Crew Trainer 61 0.26%
Sales Service Coordinator 62 0.26%
Investigators Assistant 63 0.26%
Manufacturing Team Member 64 0.26%
Molecular Biologist 65 0.26%
Technical Support Representative 66 0.26%
Panel Lay-Up Worker 67 0.26%
Project Manager 68 0.26%
Specialist 69 0.26%
Critical Care Nurse 70 0.26%
General Warehouse Associate 71 0.26%
Senior Scientist 72 0.26%
Service Manager 73 0.26%
Design Manager 74 0.26%
Helper/Driver 75 0.26%
Customer Account Executive 76 0.26%
Manufacturing Associate 77 0.26%
Tool Crib Attendant 78 0.26%
Property Manager 79 0.26%
Research Associate 80 0.26%
Shift Leader 81 0.26%
Residency In Internal Medicine 82 0.26%
Sales Development Manager 83 0.26%
Associate Professor 84 0.26%
Resident 85 0.26%
Laboratory Research Assistant 86 0.26%
Gas Station Clerk 87 0.26%
Teller 88 0.26%
Realtor 89 0.26%
Medical Receptionist 90 0.26%
Picker/Stocker 91 0.26%
Investigator 92 0.26%
Consultant 93 0.26%
Marketing & Public Relations Internship 94 0.26%
Adjunct Instructor 95 0.26%
Adjunct Assistant Professor 96 0.26%
Liaison 97 0.26%
Professional Services Engineer 98 0.26%
Bookkeeper 99 0.26%
Trainer 100 0.26%