Athletes and Sports Competitors

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What do they do?

Compete in athletic events.

Also known as:

Baseball Pitcher, Baseball Player, Basketball Player, Golf Professional, Hockey Player, Major League Baseball Player, Minor League Baseball Player, Professional Athlete, Professional Golf Tournament Player, Race Car Driver

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Athletes and Sports Competitors in United States

★ For the data available, wages are capped at $208,000

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Athletes and Sports Competitors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 10%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #10 in job growth rate
  • 30

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #11 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Athletes and Sports Competitors:

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Bachelors degree, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (2.1%)
  • Master's degree (19.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (39.9%)
  • Associate's degree (6.3%)
  • Some college, no degree (19.6%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (10.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1.5%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength - The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Evaluate skills of athletes or performers.
  • Practice athletic or artistic skills.
  • Participate in athletic events.
  • Promote products, activities, or organizations.
  • Coach others.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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