Here’s What 9 ‘Bachelor’ & ‘Bachelorette’ Winners Are Doing For Jobs Now
While a select few have made careers out of being full-time reality stars — lookin’ at you, Heidi and Spencer Pratt — most people have to return to real life after their 15 minutes.
The winners of Bachelor and Bachelorette seasons past are a prime example of this. Whether or not the lucky guy or gal actually married the lead who chose them — and yes, that’s a select few — they couldn’t just bask in the glory of their new TV romance forever.
Read on below for the career history and current gigs of the more recent winners from the ABC franchise. Some of their jobs might surprise you!
Season: Bachelor 20 (Ben Higgins)
What She Did Before: Lauren was vocal on her season about her gig as a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines, though she was based in Los Angeles.
What She’s Doing Now: The 25-year-old explained in a post-finale interview she was going to continue in the same job, despite relocating. “The plan is to go back to flying. It’s a job I really, really like and it’s flexible — I can move to Denver and commute to Seattle.”
Season: Bachelorette 11 (Kaitlyn Bristowe)
What He Did Before: Before courting everyone’s fave Canadian goofball on TV, Shawn split his time between consulting for insurance companies and teaching group fitness classes.
What He’s Doing Now: Since getting engaged to Kaitlyn, the 28-year-old has launched Shawn Booth Meals, his customized meal plans and workout and cardio routines.
Season: Bachelor 19 (Chris Soules)
What She Did Before: Viewers saw registered nurse Whitney take Prince Farming on a date to her workplace, the Fertility Clinics of Illinois, during her Hometown Date.
What She’s Doing Now: While things didn’t work out for Whit and Chris, she did get a platform to promote fertility among young women. She now works as a nurse and egg freezing coordinator at aParent IVF in Chicago.
Season: Bachelorette 10 (Andi Dorfman)
What He Did Before: Though his ABC-given title was “former pro baseball player,” that was only part of the story. After playing minor league ball out of high school, Josh graduated from University of Georgia and was working as a financial advisor when he dated Andi on TV.
What He’s Doing Now: Following his split from the Atlanta gal, Josh started promoting health and wellness brand AdvoCare as his main gig. He then signed on for E! reality show, Famously Single, with Pauly D, Brandi Glanville, and more.
Season: Bachelor 18 (Juan Pablo Galavis)
What She Did Before: Though Nikki was accused of being mean by some of her fellow contestants, in her real life she was a sweetheart, working as a pediatric nurse.
What She’s Doing Now: Some parts of her life have changed drastically since calling it quits with Juan Pablo — she’s engaged! — but the Kansas City gal still lives in her hometown and is working as a nurse.
Season: Bachelorette 9 (Desiree Hartsock)
What He Did Before: Like Josh Murray, Chris also played pro baseball before meeting his future wife on reality TV. However, he was working as a mortgage broker in Seattle when he joined the show.
What He’s Doing Now: According to his LinkedIn, Chris still works in the mortgage industry, though he did publish the book Diamonds + Hearts: A Poetic Memoir in 2013 detailing his experiences on Bachelorette.
Season: Bachelor 17 (Sean Lowe)
What She Did Before: When the Seattle beauty pursued her husband-to-be in 2013, she was working as a graphic designer at Amazon. She also dabbled in freelance design work and advertising.
What She’s Doing Now: This mama to be is a busy entrepreneur, first releasing a brand of stationery called LoweCo., and then dropping her first 5-piece collection for her clothing line No. 917 in March 2016. She’s also appeared on Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars and Celebrity Wife Swap with husband Sean.
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Season: Bachelorette 8 (Emily Maynard)
What He Did Before: Fans may remember Jef gushing about the startup he co-founded, People Water, a water bottle company that specializes in biodegradable bottles and providing clean water to impoverished areas of the world.
What He’s Doing Now: Though his (possibly not updated) LinkedIn still has him listed as People Water CEO, he’s since shifted his attention to his second baby, the Rise Festival, an annual music and lantern festival in the Mojave Desert.
Season: Bachelor 16 (Ben Flajnik)
What She Did Before: Courtney definitely earned her “villain” title on Season 16 (in the best way possible). However, part of the reason the girls may have held a grudge was her stunning good looks as an actual model for Abercrombie, Fitness magazine, Clairol, and more.
What She’s Doing Now: In 2014, the brunette beauty released a New York Times bestselling tell-all, I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends, dishing on her time before and after the ABC franchise. These days, she splits her time between her day job in real estate, and doing commercial auditions on the side.