The World of Sports as a Career
Part 1: Introduction
By The College Advisor
Many personality styles are attracted to the world of sports. Most people think first
of athletes and coaches, but there are also referees, umpires, broadcasters, marketing
specialists, agents, equipment managers, sports psychologists, trainers and many more
positions. Sports is a business that needs its managers, accountants and statisticians.
Sports is based upon competition and openings in the field are generally competitive.
Educational advantage and internships often open the door to sports positions. For
instance, if you want to be in sports PR, get a degree in journalism and apply for
internships to get connections. Also attend social networking events held by organizations
such as the National Sports Marketing Network. Do informational interviews with people
in the field. If you want to be a sports agent, a master's degree in sports management or
a business degree can help.
For those interested in becoming an athlete, coach or umpire
the Occupational Outlook handbook cautions that very few make a full-time living as
professional athletes, but that there are many opportunities for at least part-time work
as a coach, instructor, referee, or umpire in amateur athletics or in high school, college,
or university sports.
For news analysts, reporters and correspondents
(www.bls.gov/oco/ocos088.htm), opportunities are more numerous in the smaller markets, rather than in
the more crowded urban areas. For athletic trainers
(www.bls.gov/oco/ocos294.htm), employment is expected to grow much faster than average. The job outlook
is also good for fitness trainers
(www.bls.gov/oco/ocos296.htm) and physical therapists
To break into the field of sports, you need to make connections. Sports networking
opportunities are listed at
(www.weddles.com/associations/results.cfm?Industry=87). It is important that others learn
who you are and what you can do.
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