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Careers in Sports and Health Sciences

The sports business industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States, with the market estimated to be worth about $60 billion. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says demand – and salaries – for sports managers should increase as well.

The bachelor’s program in sports and health sciences prepares students in sports and fitness, psychology, legal and regulatory issues, management principles and human behavior. The master’s program in sports management covers the social contexts of sport in historical and modern society, fundamentals of the sports industry, and focuses on sports law, marketing, promotion, public relations, finance, and economics.

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Useful Skills in the Sports and Health Sciences Field
  • Listening - Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Managing Money - Determining how much money is required to get a job done, allocating those monies, and accounting for all expenditures.
  • Managing Time - Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Reasoning - Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way that they do.
  • Public Speaking - Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in group settings to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Persuasion - Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • Decision Making - Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Helping - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Career Options

To identify what education or training is necessary for careers within the sports and health field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.”

As with all majors, the education you receive serves as a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for what you may face in the professional world. The career field you choose may require additional education or experience.

Getting Started: Internships

Gaining real-life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. The career services website has an extensive list of internships and fellowships. Browse through the internships - they are organized by interest or by federal program - and use the list below to find a few examples of organizations that offer internships for both graduate and undergraduate sports and health science students.

The leading resource for internships in the sports industry is TeamWork Online. Using an unique blend of networking, job postings, live events, and educational tools, TeamWork Online connects job seekers with industry leaders and provides the tools to find a career, making TeamWork Online more than a job-board. University students and recent alumni can create an MVP College account using their University email address. The upgrade to "Full MVP Access" is offered at a discounted rate. For questions or assistance, contact your Career Services Team!

Getting Hired: Government Agencies, Organizations, and Search Engines

There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in sports and health sciences. The list below provides a few places one might find employment specific to this degree.

  • Administration - Professional Athletic Organizations
  • Athletic Arenas and Stadiums
  • Athletic Associations
  • Coach - Professional, College, or K-12 level Athletic Teams
  • Corporate Health Facilities
  • Country Clubs and Resorts
  • Hospitals and Rehabilitations Clinics
  • Recreation Departments
  • Sporting Goods Companies
  • Sports Medical Clinics

While many of the major job search engines will have positions in several fields to choose from, the list below is specific to the sports and health science field.

A variety of tools for getting hired in the sports industry are available to University students and recent alumni through TeamWork Online. Get updates on live events, read and hear sports industry success stories network with leaders in the field - and look for great jobs! University students and recent alumni can create an MVP College account using their University email address. The upgrade to "Full MVP Access" is offered at a discounted rate. For questions or assistance, contact your Career Services Team!

Keeping Current: Professional Organizations and Associations
Conferences and Expositions
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