Sports Management Careers
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Choose an Active Sports Management Career
The mere words "sports management career" conjure up images of a professional life filled with excitement and success. Florida Tech's sports management program prepares professional business managers for exciting, fast-paced careers in the sports industry.
Gaining a strong background in leadership and hands-on experience in modern management strategies and sports industry practices, you will be ready for a sports management career as a team manager, athletic program director or sports information specialist, to name but a few.
If law school is on your radar, a sports management degree will provide the basis for specialization as a sports attorney or agent.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides detailed information about hundreds of careers, including, entry-level education, overall working environment and employment prospects.
According to the Bureau, employment for sports management careers such as a coach or scout is expected to grow 29 percent through 2020, due to the continued population growth and interest in participation in organized sports for entertainment, recreation and physical conditioning. As a result, the demand for coaches and sports instructors grows.
To get a better idea of the availability of a sports management career, here are some numbers that may surprise you:
- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) governs 23 different college sports at schools in Division I, II and III, which include approximately 1,200 schools.
- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) governs approximately 350 small-college athletics programs in the United States.
- There are 50 state high school athletic/activity associations plus the District of Columbia that govern high school athletics for over 7 million students.
- There are, at any given time, approximately 20 professional sports leagues in the United States that include the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, National Lacrosse League, UFC and US Open Tennis.
A degree from Florida Tech in business administration, Sports management prepares the graduate for a sports management career such as:
- Administrative Services Manager
- Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Manager
- Compensation and Benefits Manager
- Financial Manager
- Human Resource Manager
- Sports Attorney
- Sports Agent
- Post-secondary Education Administrator (Master's Degree required)
- Public Relations Managers and Specialist
- Training and Development Manager
- Fitness Trainer
- Personal Trainer
- Physical Education Teacher
- Dietitians and Nutritionist
- Physical Therapist
The Business Practicum Provides Practical Skills
Your ability to effectively compete for a job in a sports management career is bolstered by the fact that your Florida Tech degree includes course study in such areas as sports psychology. The business practicum you complete as a senior provides you with the necessary practical skills sought after by such companies as Clear Channel Communications, Merrill Lynch, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car and the Boston Red Sox.
Entry Level Salary Expectations
Entry-level salaries for a sports management career are reported by PayScale.com to be $35,300 with the opportunity to grow to $57,600. Payscale.com is an online salary information company that helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation. With many variables of the exact job and industry in which you work, further research can help you see the financial potential of a sports management career.
Some other similar jobs have entry-level salaries such as:
Advertising: $37,800 - $77,100
Business: $41,400 - $70,000
Sports Medicine: $35,700 - $50,300
Recreation & Leisure: $34,900 - $55,300
Nutrition: $40,600 - $57,900
Marketing Management: $40,700 - $76,600
Get Recruited Upon Graduation
After graduation, Nathan M. Bisk College of Business students are prepared for a sports management career or continue into graduate studies, often pursuing an MBA, the M.S. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or even attending law school.