Summary

Athletes and sports competitors participate in officiated sports events to entertain spectators.
Quick Facts: Athletes and Sports Competitors


2010 Median Pay

 

$43,740 per year 

Entry-Level Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

None

On-the-job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Number of Jobs 2010

16,500

Job Outlook 2010

22% (Faster than average)

Employment Change 2010

3,600


What Athletes and Sports Competitors Do
Athletes and sports competitors participate in organized, officiated sports events to entertain spectators.

Work Environment
Athletes and sports competitors often work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. They usually work more than 40 hours a week several months during the sports season. They may be exposed to all weather conditions of the particular season.

How to Become an Athlete or Sports Competitor
Athletes and sports competitors must have immense knowledge of their sport, which they usually get through years of experience at lower levels. A high school diploma is usually required.

Pay
The median annual wage of athletes and sports competitors was $43,740 in May 2010.

Job Outlook
Employment of athletes and sports competitors is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Competition for professional athlete jobs will remain extremely intense, with progressively more favorable opportunities in lower levels of competition.

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Resource
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/athletes-and-sports-competitors.htm

 

 

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