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What are good professions within sports?


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Jay’s Answer

Greetings! Here are some sports avenues you could explore:
- broadcaster
- financial analyst (tv ratings, revenue, ticket sales, etc.)
- physical trainer
- sports medicine
- executive (think team president of operations)
- scout
- agent (see Jerry Maguire)
- writer
- videographer, photographer
- coach
- marketing and branding
- official, referee
- scorekeeper, timekeeper, data analyst, statistician
- public relations
- play by play, or color commentator
- nutritionist
- travel agent

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Nicole’s Answer

There's lots of jobs in the sports industry! From marketing, to digital, to finance, to operations, there's tons of opportunities. I would recommend looking through different teams' staff lists to get a feel for areas you might be interested in and reaching out to others on linkedin!

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Keri’s Answer

Jobs in the sports industry are endless. Some examples are the following: 1) sports coach 2) sports medicine - physical therapy, therapist, fitness nutritionist, athletic trainer 3) sports management - contract administrator, legal counsel, event coordinator, facilities management, finance/accountant, marketing manager, sales manager, public relations.

Next Step: In addition to be interested in sports, think about what types of roles or activities you enjoy. This list will help to better narrow down the more specific career in the sports industry you should pursue.

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Riley’s Answer

There are tons of different career paths you could choose that will have you working with sports. However, they will definitely all require a different type of college degree so when choosing one you should consider exactly what kind of skills you will need to develop. Some of the possible careers are sports manager, physical therapist, sports medicine doctor, or sports photographer. On the other hand, if you do not like any of these options you could always consider coaching. local team near you, which will not earn you a lot of money but it will definitely be fulfilling.

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Allie’s Answer

Sports is a business, just like any other industry. My advice is to first figure out what you would like to do as a career in sports. Start researching LinkedIn and connect with people who are in the role you are looking at. Reach out to them and talk to them about their career, most people who work in sports are happy to talk to you about their career- we love to help others join our industry. For job postings specially in sports sign up for job reports from Front Office Sports and create a Teamwork Online account/profile.

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Geeta’s Answer

Coach kids with the sports you are good at. You can work part time in school or sports classes

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Tiffany’s Answer

The numbers side of sports has become a huge industry, as well. If you are good at journalism, mathematics, statistics or analytics, you can direct your efforts to a career in sports information, statistics, research, analysis, tracking, fan engagement and more. I am part of ESPN's Stats and Information Group and there are over 100 people with all different backgrounds focusing on fact-based storytelling, predictive modeling and show research.

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Shea’s Answer

There are a plethora of careers in the Sports Industry industry that many are unaware of. Between the Live Entertainment and Business aspects of the industry, there is a job for just about every type of skill-set. The most popular departments in a sports organization are typically marketing, sponsorship, ticket sales, and game operations. However, there are a number of opportunities that are often overlooked such as Information Technology, Community Relations, Facility Management, and Sport Operations.

My advice would be to do some research on the day to day activities that each department oversees and see if your skill-set would be a good match. The one thing I tell every person about the Sport Industry is that it is much more than a job, it is a lifestyle. You're likely to work long nights and many live events outside your normal job duties, but it's all worth it to be apart of something much bigger than yourself. The connections you will make and the relationships you will establish with your teammates is something that cannot be replicated by any other industry.

Shea recommends the following next steps:

Research Different Departments.
Reach out to Professionals in a segment of the industry that interests you.
Continue looking at different job applications to know the required experience to get your foot in the door.

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Riley’s Answer

Footwear and apparel! e.g. Nike, adidas, etc.

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Marc’s Answer

I spent 5 years in sports marketing. The more popular roles, such as marketing, sponsorships, events, and community relations, are highly competitive and are often given to candidates with an "in". The function in the sports industry with the most opportunity is ticket sales as staffs are large and turnover is frequent. These roles are also less competitive because cold calling strangers and asking for their money is uncomfortable. If you can get past the discomfort and have 2 good seasons in Inside Sales, the rest of a team's business organization will open up to you as success in selling is a way to earn your stripes. Check out books by Zig Ziglar or Jon Spoelstra if you want to read up on sales.

Marc recommends the following next steps:

Send cold emails on LinkedIn to people who hold the title of Inside Sales Manager for sports teams near you to ask for an informational interview (ask good questions and make a good impression so you'll be a familiar name when they hire for the next season)
Read "Selling 101" by Zig Ziglar
Read "Ice to the Eskimos" by Jon Spoelstra
Monitor Inside Sales job opportunities on teamworkonline.com

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Anthony’s Answer

Hi Jackson. I’m happy to help answer your question. In all honesty, it all depends on what you are interested in, because sports has so many different opportunities that are available. You can work anything from concessions to finance to event operations. However, due to the time commitment involved with working in sports, you have to make sure you are passionate about it and love what you are doing.

My advice would be to network with professionals in the industry and learn more about what they are doing and what their job involves. This is a great way to learn about different career paths. I would also recommend doing internships in different areas of sports. This will allow you to get valuable first hand experience, build a network, and find out what you enjoy and what you don’t.

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