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Careers available in the Health, Fitness and Recreation fields vary greatly, from direct care of athletes to administration to sports media. These sections outline the types of jobs you might find in certain fields, examples of employers and strategies for getting a job in the specific field.
Professional Sport Management

Including Jobs in: Marketing/Promotions, Concessions, Sales, Ticket Management, Telemarketing, Public Relations, Security, Facility Management, Law

EMPLOYERS

  • Professional Sport Organizations
  • National Amateur Sport Governing Bodies
  • Unites States Olympic Training Center
  • Sport Marketing/Event Management Firms
  • Law Firms

STRATEGIES

  • Complete an internship at a sports eventĀ firm.
  • Work on-campus in the Athletic Department.
  • Attend state, regional, national conferences.
  • Get a summer job with a professional sport organization.
  • Work with the Big Blue Club.

Athletic Administration

Including Jobs in: Marketing/Promotions/Sales, Ticket Management, Operations/Events Manager, Concessions, Fundraising, Academic Counseling, Compliance, Sports Information.

EMPLOYERS

  • College athletic departments
  • Amateur sport organizations
  • Sport governing bodies
  • Sport league conference offices
  • Event management firms
  • United States Olympic Training Center

STRATEGIES

  • Secure part-time summer job in concessions on campus or for local sports team or facilities.
  • Work with athletic booster clubs.
  • Complete apprenticeship on-campus in desired area.
  • Volunteer in Athletic Department in any capacity.
  • Secure part-time job usher, in ticketing, or in event operations.
  • Subscribe to "NCAA News".
  • Attend state, regional, and national conferences.

Event and Facility Management/Marketing

Including Jobs in: Special Events, Telemarketing, Retailing, Concessions, Marketing/Promotions, Campus Recreation

EMPLOYERS

  • Pro Sport Organizations
  • Event Management Firms
  • County or Municipal Facilities
  • Parks and Recreation Departments
  • Sport Marketing Firms
  • Private Corporations

STRATEGIES

  • Work at the Decatur Indoor Sports Center in desired field.
  • Complete an apprentice ship at souvenir stand.
  • Attend state, regional, national conferences.
  • Get pool operator's certification.
  • Get a summer job working at any athletic or special event facility.
  • Work with the Big Blue Club.

Exercise Science and Fitness Management

Including Jobs in: Strength and Conditioning, Fitness Instructor, Research, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Personal Trainer

EMPLOYERS

  • Corporate Fitness Facilities
  • Health Club/Wellness Centers
  • College Athletic Departments
  • Hospitals
  • Campus Recreation Department
  • Physical Therapy Clinics

STRATEGIES

  • Plan on attending graduate school.
  • Work in cardiac rehabilitation program.
  • Obtain summer and volunteer positions in Health Clubs.
  • Work with sport teams conditioning programs.
  • Attend trade shows.
  • Become certified aerobic or group exercise instructor.
  • Subscribe to industry journals.
  • Join professional association.
  • Attend state, regional and national conferences.
  • Work in fitness center

Sporting Goods Management and Sales

Including Jobs in: Retailing, Telemarketing, Manufacturer's Representative

EMPLOYERS

  • Sporting Goods/Retail Stores
  • Manufacturing
  • Private Rep Firms
  • Professional Sport Teams
  • College Athletic Departments

STRATEGIES

  • Obtain summer jobs in sales area.
  • Complete independent study in product knowledge.
  • Attend Sporting Goods Super Show in Atlanta.
  • Attend state, regional and national conferences.
  • Work in souvenir or concessions stands.
  • Work with an organization selling signage, program ads, and group sales.

Sports Media

Including Jobs in: Sports Information, Public Relations, Promotions, Advertising Sales, Marketing, Sports Statistics, Sport History

EMPLOYERS

  • Local television, newspapers and trade newspapers
  • Sport media outlets
  • College athletic departments
  • Professional sports teams
  • Race tracks
  • Bowl games
  • National governing bodies
  • Private promotion firms
  • Book firms

STRATEGIES

  • Work with campus media outlets.
  • Volunteer in college sports information.
  • Obtain summer jobs with minor league teams.
  • Volunteer to write sport management student/alumni newsletter.
  • Attend state, regional, and national conferences.
  • Study famous sports broadcasters.
  • Develop a portfolio of work to share including audiotapes, video tapes, press releases, writing samples
 
 
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