The sports industry is large worldwide, and employs not only professional athletes, but also a host of professionals who run the business of the sports entity. Recruiters, marketers, analysts, healthcare workers, trainers, finance and legal teams, and more.
From the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- 2016 Median Salary (Professional Athlete): $47,710
- 2016 Median Salary (Coaches and Scouts): $31,460
ESPN: There’s no denying that ESPN is the place to be in sports broadcasting and there are Bowdoin alums working there who would love to help you get your foot in the door. Start the conversations while you research internships and entry level jobs on their site. Get ready for their sports test!
Fox Sports: Don’t overlook broadcasters like Fox Sports and NBC Sports which has the Olympics sewed up for decades. There’s also TNT, and CBS Sports as well. Don’t forget HBO. You’ve got to love their sports documentaries and their show Real Sports.
New England Sports Network: NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, is owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins, and is delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and nationally. Search this page for entry level jobs and internships.
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- Women’s Sports Jobs: WomenSportsJobs.com is the leading online career center for women in the sports industry, and for women interested in sports related fields. They provide an online platform for connecting sports enterprises with qualified, career-minded individuals. Members have the ability to search hundreds of jobs in the sports industry, while employers can search a pool of qualified and diversified candidates. Jobs are posted daily to provide you with the most current and up-to-date opportunities in the industry.
- National Sports Marketing Network: NSMN is the exclusive trade organization for the sports business industry. NSMN includes more than 8,000 individual and corporate members with chapters in 12 major markets and members in more than 50 U.S. cities. See an extensive list of businesses in sports management.
- Work in Sports.com: WorkInSports.com says they have assisted almost 500,000 job seekers with their job search. They also say that they worked with and posted jobs for over 4,000 different employers in the sports industry.
- TeamWork Online: TeamWork Online is an online job board/applicant tracking system software that resides on a sports organization’s website to assist in recruiting and identifying the most appropriate candidate(s) for an open sports position. This a good site to look for positions in sports and connect to the sites of sports organizations.
- SportsCareerFinder: M&L Research has been a premier employment research organization specializing in industry specific employment research. The company has helped thousands of individuals learn about and find job opportunities in many different industries.
- SportsBusiness Daily: SportsBusiness Daily is a leading daily trade publication on the business of sports. It has been a vital information service, providing decision-makers in the sports industry with comprehensive, real-time business news each business morning since 1994.
- Sports Careers: Sports Careers is a resource providing individuals with information for finding employment.