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A career in sport

For some people, sports and recreation are more than just a way to have fun. However there are men and women who have taken their love of athletics, football, tennis etc and made it into a career. Finding a job in this type of field requires planning and education, but if you are committed you can become a professional agent, or land a job in sports management, athletic training, coaching, or scouting.

What qualifications do I need for sports coaching?

If you are considering this kind of career, the most popular course is a Sport Science BSc. Prospects has some excellent information about job options and typical employers for students with this degree. This more specific page from the National Careers Service is about a particular role but has some good links on training, accreditation, opportunities and the job market. If you need the extra flexibility, the Open University offers a BSc in Sport, Fitness and Coaching, or a UF online sport management degree is an option.

Become an athletic trainer

Athletic trainers focus on preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses for athletes. Many trainers work in educational settings like university sports departments, while others work for doctors or professional sports teams. Requirements may vary, but most athletic trainers need at least a bachelor's degree and some jobs require you to have accreditation. Look out for courses endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

A career as a sports coach

Coaching is another career that lets you stay involved in sports. Some of the duties of an amateur or professional coach include teaching athletes about sports rules, planning game strategies and monitoring athletic performance. Travelling and unusual hours can be expected if you are considering a job as a coach.

Sports agent careers

The job of a sports agent includes reviewing and negotiating contracts with teams or clubs, handling product endorsements and advising athletes on financial planning. These are very important duties and an understanding of the law involved in these proceedings is necessary. Sports agents act as representatives for athletes and need to have an understanding of sports management, sports marketing, finance and law. This article is a good starting point where you can find out the salary, and responsibilities, experience and more related to this field of work.

If you love athletics and would like to work behind the scenes in preparing, advising, and training athletes for their sports, you may want to consider a degree in sports management. It could lead you to a fun, exciting career that keeps you involved in the world of sports.

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