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Career Resources — Sports & Recreation

Industry Overview

At its core, the sports industry produces, facilitates, promotes, and organizes any activity, experience, or business enterprise focused on sports. Many interested in working in sports limit their focus on being a professional athlete or working directly with sport teams. However, this industry is wide-encompassing, and contains numerous job opportunities for various functions. Bachelor’s degrees in health or fitness allow students to become trainers. Communication students possess the technical knowledge to work for broadcast networks sports publishers. After you identify your interest in the sports industry, it’s crucial to narrow your career ambitions into a specific focus.


Vault provides in-depth intelligence on what it's really like to work in an industry, company or profession—and how to position yourself for success. What you can find:

  • What is sports? How did it start?
  • The structure of the sports industry
  • The outlook
  • Professional associations

O*Net provides students with comprehensive information about jobs within the different industries. Searching “sports” in the Occupation Quick Search from the O*Net homepage provides a variety of specific jobs within the field. Each one contains a different and unique skillset, making it important to perform significant due diligence to determine whether a certain occupation is a good fit for you