A sixth place at the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid concluded her career as a competitor, and she moved on to study Sports Sciences at the Academy for Physical Culture in Leipzig, in order to become a specialist trainer in sports sledding. She then began work at Oberhof coaching juniors before she became am East German team selector. After this she took a civilian job with the army.
Following reunification in 1990 she took a position as a Personnel specialist with the military Sports Promotion group at Oberhof.
Later the Military commissariat posted her to their Psychological Section at Zella-Mehlis. In 2004, Margit Schumann was among the first three inductees into the International Luge Federation (FIL) Hall of Fame, along with Klaus Bonsack and Paul Hildgartner.