Should sport management undergrads get their master’s degree?
I’ve heard that if a sport management student wants to make more than $40k when they enter the job market, they need to obtain a graduate degree — is this true? #sports #sports-management #masters-degree #sports-media #college #higher-education #career
I work in job placement in San Antonio. One of the things I've noticed, is, when the job market got really bad, 2008-2015, a lot of people who could not find jobs went to school. And then, when they could not find respectable jobs with their Bachelor degrees, they went ahead and got their Masters. And then they entered the job market. With no real experience. The jobs that required the Masters also required experience. The lower positions turned them away as "over-qualified." Nobody wanted them.
I also recently had a customer who went straight through, getting his Masters as a Math Teacher. He had been teaching for 3 months, when he decided it was not for him. A very sad situation.
I caution you to be careful. I'd recommend you take a couple years to get some relevant experience between the Bachelors and Masters. During that time, you might get a better idea of exactly what you want to be doing, which might be something different than you thought. You also might find an employer who offers tuition assistance. That would be awesome!
Best of luck!
To determine whether or not you should pursue an advanced degree you should research the job market.
For example an entry level sports management marketing manager salary scale of $29k- 45K. This job will require
Essential Duties And Responsibilities
• Promote products through face to face meetings
• Build long standing relationships with clients within the area.
• Service the needs of each existing account
• Handle additional sales and marketing objectives
Attributes Of Ideal Candidates
• A passion for the Sports Industry
• Exceptional Work Ethic
• Ability to Multi-Task
• Ability to provide superior customer service
• Competitive Nature and a Positive Attitude
• Ability to work independently or with a team and produce results
• Flexibility and Creative Problem Solving Skills
For example if you would like to teach as a professor in sports management in the future you will be required to obtain a Master's Degree and Ph.D. along with a few years of experience organizations and in corporate business settings related to sport management.
When I graduated with my BS in Sports Management, the degree was relatively new. If you have an opportunity to pursue a Master's, then I would encourage you to do so. Not for the immediate career, but for the future opportunities.