My son is a sports lover. He loves watching his favorite teams play on tv, loves listening to the local teams on the radio, and loves reading about the latest news on his favorite players. Basketball, Football, Hockey, Soccer; he loves them all, and follows his favorite teams with passion and intensity. He lives for sports.
He is a 24-hour sports kind of kid.
Yet, as his father, I am the first to admit that he suffers from my genetics. I was not built for sports, and sadly, neither is my son. There is really not a future career for my son as an athlete. In truth, only 0.00525% of the population in the United States will find a career as a professional athlete. The odds are pretty stacked against my son in becoming the next great pro football or basketball player.
Fortunately, there is are great career opportunities for him in sports in another fashion; a career in sports management. To be sure, in the 21st century, there is an abundance of career opportunities for non-athletes who still want to be involved in their favorite sport, in some way. Along with this, these career opportunities in sports management offer great benefits and healthy annual salaries, as well.
For those who are skilled in writing, there are career opportunities as sports bloggers, reporters, and journalists. Those who have strong computer backgrounds and knowledge can find jobs in web marketing and design for their favorite teams. Sports agents are also in high demand, as well as sales representatives. For those who have strong skills in management, as well as people skills, general managers and event planners and coordinators are also great career opportunities. To be sure, there is an abundance of careers for today’s sports lovers.
Fortunately for my son, and others his age, today’s colleges and universities have recognized this growing field and interest, and are now offering degrees in sports management. Indeed, there are a number of such colleges and universities across the United States offering such degrees, as sports management is becoming one of the fastest growing profession. Furthermore, many colleges and universities not only offer Bachelor degrees, but also Masters degrees, and even Ph.D.s in sports management and sports-related professions.
As my son enters his last year in high school, this may be the last chance for him to play competitive sports. Happily, for him, his life with sports may just be truly beginning; a life in sports management.
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