These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Volunteers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 12 months ago
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It’s tough to be a volunteer 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 volunteer isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become volunteers in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many volunteers 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 volunteers 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 volunteers:

  1. Internship
  2. Sales Associate
  3. Cashier
  4. Research Assistant
  5. Customer Service Representative
  6. Server
  7. Administrative Assistant
  8. Substitute Teacher
  9. Registered Nurse
  10. Teacher

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a volunteer 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 volunteers 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 volunteers:

  1. Student Assistant
  2. Ship Worker
  3. Social Work Internship
  4. Nanny
  5. Emergency Medical Technician
  6. Law Clerk
  7. Counselor
  8. Senior Technician Specialist
  9. Graduate Assistant
  10. Student Internship

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 Volunteers

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

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Volunteers

Job Title Rank %
Internship 1 5.02%
Sales Associate 2 3.13%
Cashier 3 2.13%
Research Assistant 4 1.31%
Customer Service Representative 5 1.19%
Server 6 1.15%
Administrative Assistant 7 1.07%
Substitute Teacher 8 1.01%
Registered Nurse 9 0.92%
Teacher 10 0.81%
Assistant Manager 11 0.62%
Office Assistant 12 0.57%
Manager 13 0.53%
Tutor 14 0.52%
Certified Nursing Assistant 15 0.51%
Associate 16 0.49%
Sales Representative 17 0.43%
Crew Member 18 0.42%
Assistant 19 0.41%
Receptionist 20 0.41%
Teacher Assistant 21 0.41%
Teaching Assistant 22 0.41%
Medical Assistant 23 0.38%
Office Manager 24 0.35%
Marketing Internship 25 0.34%
Student Assistant 26 0.33%
Pharmacist Technician 27 0.32%
Customer Service Trainer 28 0.31%
Ship Worker 29 0.31%
Consultant 30 0.29%
President 31 0.29%
Social Work Internship 32 0.28%
Case Manager 33 0.28%
Instructor 34 0.28%
Nanny 35 0.28%
Security Officer 36 0.26%
Supervisor 37 0.25%
Team Leader 38 0.24%
Emergency Medical Technician 39 0.23%
Waitress 40 0.23%
Owner 41 0.22%
Law Clerk 42 0.22%
Project Manager 43 0.22%
Secretary 44 0.22%
Customer Service Associate 45 0.22%
Counselor 46 0.22%
Technician 47 0.21%
Senior Technician Specialist 48 0.21%
Home Health Aid 49 0.21%
Coordinator 50 0.21%
Hostess 51 0.21%
Graduate Assistant 52 0.21%
Specialist 53 0.2%
Student Internship 54 0.2%
Vice President 55 0.2%
Mentor 56 0.19%
Laboratory Assistant 57 0.18%
Barista 58 0.18%
Program Manager 59 0.18%
Student Worker 60 0.17%
Attorney 61 0.17%
Store Manager 62 0.17%
Legal Extern 63 0.17%
Camp Counselor 64 0.17%
Laboratory Technician 65 0.17%
Graphic Designer 66 0.17%
Preschool Teacher 67 0.16%
Program Coordinator 68 0.16%
Graduate Research Assistant 69 0.16%
Social Worker 70 0.16%
Front Desk Receptionist 71 0.16%
Coach 72 0.15%
Legal Assistant 73 0.15%
Leader 74 0.15%
Student Teacher 75 0.15%
Teller 76 0.14%
Operations Manager 77 0.14%
Manufacturing Team Member 78 0.14%
Physician Assistant 79 0.14%
Account Executive 80 0.14%
Research Internship 81 0.14%
Board Member 82 0.14%
Program Assistant 83 0.13%
Research Associate 84 0.13%
Teacher Aide 85 0.13%
Account Manager 86 0.13%
Researcher 87 0.13%
Human Resources Coordinator 88 0.13%
Director 89 0.13%
Personal Assistant 90 0.13%
Driver 91 0.13%
Special Education Teacher 92 0.12%
Bartender Server 93 0.12%
Representative 94 0.12%
Speech Language Pathologist 95 0.12%
Licensed Practical Nurse 96 0.12%
Physical Therapist 97 0.12%
Medical Assistant Externship 98 0.12%
Volunteer Coordinator 99 0.12%
Executive Assistant 100 0.12%