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You don’t have to be an athlete to pursue a career on or near the field. Whether you’re an avid sports fan or the former captain of your high school football team, there are plenty of sports-related jobs and majors to keep you near the action.

If you love sports, but aren’t going to be making millions on the court anytime soon, consider these sports-related careers. No matter what your major, if you want to work in sports and still make decent money, these are great options. 

Sports Medicine Doctor 

Sports medicine doctors are either primary care physicians or orthopedic surgeons who treat athletes. These doctors help athletes with nutrition, substance abuse, injury prevention, and sports psychology. Not all sports medicine doctors are on the field during games, many of them work out of private practices and hospitals.

To become a sports medicine doctor, you will need to not only obtain a bachelor’s degree, but also a Doctor of Medicine. That means you’ll be in school for about 8 years, including clinical rotations.

Average National Salary: $241,749

Sports Communication Manager 

Sports communication managers are in charge of an athlete’s brand. This means they control all communication with the media including social media, press releases, interviews, brand deals, etc.

To excel as a communications manager, you’ll need to have excellent written and verbal communication skills. A bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or public relations is generally required.

Average National Salary: $70,500

Statistician 

There are two types of sports statisticians: academic and recorder. An academic sports statistician doesn’t spend much time, if any, at the actual event. It’s their job to analyze numbers over time. These numbers allow for observations to be made about changes and patterns over the years as opposed to focusing on a single game. 

A sports statistician recorder is also known as a scorer. It’s their job to attend the actual sporting event and record statistics in real-time (keep score), audit play-by-play statistics, and prepare mid-game and final game summaries. This career also involves very irregular hours because games are played on weekends, evenings and during the day. 

To get one of these highly coveted jobs, a bachelor’s degree in math, computer science or statistical analysis. Strong knowledge of sports, internships or volunteer work with pro-teams will also give you a leg-up on the competition.

Average National Salary: $84,000

Physical Therapist

Physical therapists help rehabilitate athletes with physical injuries. It’s their job to create a treatment plan to keep the athlete in top condition while also avoiding further injury.

Becoming a physical therapist is no easy task. A bachelor’s degree in a health-related field is required in addition to becoming a doctor of physical therapy. That means you will need to be in school for at least 8 years to obtain board certification.

Average National Salary: $86,500

Sports Marketer 

Being a sports marketer requires a lot of creativity and thinking outside of the box. It’s their job to build an audience, promote events, and support the athletes. Basically, they’re in charge of filling the stadium, getting the word out about meet-and-greet opportunities, and ensuring good PR surrounds their team and players.

Sports marketers are required to have a bachelor’s degree in advertising or journalism. Internships during college can play a vital role in providing the necessary skills. Networking can also be a big help to get your foot in the door at major agencies. 

Average National Salary: $115,000 – $117,000

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”

Wayne Gretzky said it best, You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Sports-related careers can be highly competitive, but if you don’t take the shot, you’ll never know if you would have made it.

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