CALGARY, Alta. Mar. 1, 2017/ Troy Media/ – Many people grow up wanting to become a professional athlete, but the number of people who succeed is very small and end up seeking career opportunities that are outside of the sports industry. However, if you have a passion for sports, there are many other opportunities these days to work in the sports industry.
Forbes reported that the following are the 10 best careers in sport:
- Physical Therapist
- Sports Psychologist
- PR Manager
- Advertising Executive
- Event Coordinator
Given the amount of money that is now generated by sport through television rights, sponsorship and merchandise sales, sport has become a very profitable industry. More jobs are required to support athletes and sports teams in being successful. Due to the increased media attention, there are also a lot more roles in broadcasting and journalism.
If you are looking to go into any of these types of roles, it is important that you have the right skills and it also helps if you have qualifications in the right discipline. A master’s degree Kinesiology is the qualification that many students will take to go into a wide range of roles in the sports industry.
Kinesiology is in high demand, and you can be very successful if you pursue this type of career. If you need a flexible way to study, then you can even apply for an online course so that you can work part-time or bring up your family at the same time. Studying a master’s in sports management will give you a major advantage when applying for roles against people without the qualification. It is rare that people get to the top level of a non-athlete sports career without good qualifications unless they are a former athlete.
More sports teams are turning to sports psychology to gain a competitive advantage over their rivals, so you will find that the available jobs in this area have increased over recent years. A good physical therapist can be the difference between an athlete recovering from an injury in two months or six months. If that means that they miss crucial matches, that extra recovery time could cost the team millions of dollars. Kinesiology degrees are the best way to get into this line of work, and most teams or athletes won’t even consider using the services of someone who doesn’t have a master’s degree.
Whichever area of the sports industry that you want to go into, one thing is certain – the demand to watch sports generates jobs. The more professional teams and athletes that there are, the more jobs that will be required to support them. The most successful way to get a job in the sports industry is to gain a master’s degree in the specific area you want to go into and then build up relevant work experience. If you are passionate about sport, then there are some real opportunities for pursuing a career in sport.
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