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Athletes and Sports Competitors

Athletes and Sports Competitors
Quick Facts : Athletes and Sports Competitors*
2010 Median Pay$43,740
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201216,500
Job Outlook22% (Faster than average)
Employment Change3,600

Athletes and sports competitors participate in organized, officiated sports events to entertain spectators.

What Athletes and Sports Competitors Do

  •     Attend scheduled practices and training sessions to develop their skills
  •     Keep the equipment they use in their sport in good condition
  •     Stay in the best physical condition by training and following special diets
  •     Take instructions from coaches and other sports staff regarding strategy and tactics
  •      Assess their strengths and weaknesses after each event

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.
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Job Outlook

Employment of athletes and sports competitors is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020 with the continuing expansion of nontraditional or new professional and semiprofessional sports.
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The average salary of athletes and sports competitors in May 2010 was $43,740.
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Becoming a Athletes and Sports Competitors

Athletes and sports competitors need to have an in-depth understanding of their sport, which usually comes from years of experience at lower levels. The typical requirement is a high school diploma.
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