Advice » Salary & Benefits» Salary Information » Seven Sports Jobs and What T ...
Seven Sports Jobs and What They Pay

Seven Sports Jobs and What They Pay

The end of your college sports team days doesn’t have to mean the end of playing your favorite game. You can take your love of nearly any sport into overtime by landing a job in a sports-related profession.  

A communications major who played baseball -- just not well enough to land a spot on a professional team -- will still head to the ball field everyday if he’s working in the publicity department for a pro team. A career in sports medicine will have science and pre-med majors working with athletes all day. And sporting-goods manufacturers can be excellent employers for jocks of all types.

Employers want the skills jocks learn playing sports, says Randy Gartz, vice president of permanent placement services for Robert Half International in Menlo Park, California. “Some of the key hiring qualifications requested by employers in today’s market include leadership, perseverance, dedication to continuous improvement and strategic thinking, all of which you learn early and often in athletics,” he says.

Employers are also looking for professionals who work well with others, inspire those around them and show calm under pressure. “People who have excelled in sports are consistently put in situations that require quick thinking and the ability to comprehend concepts instantaneously, which aids them in accelerating their career,” Gartz adds.

Searching for jobs on Monster can help you find jobs related to a single sport. Start at the Job Search page, and use your sport as your key search term. For example, a recent search using “soccer” as the search term pulled up a digital sales rep job for a soccer media group, an accountant job for a youth soccer nonprofit well as several coaching jobs.

Here are seven great jobs for jocks, suggestions for how to search Monster for those jobs and a glimpse at what they pay.

1. Athletic Trainer

You can still be at the big game -- just on the sidelines ready to help injured student athletes -- when you work as a collegiate athletic trainer. Start out as an assistant athletic trainer and you’ll earn around $40,000. Move up to head trainer, and your salary will rise to approximately $53,000, according to the Salary Wizard.

Find athletic trainer jobs.

2. Corporate Communications Manager for a Sports-Related Company

Put your powers of persuasion to work when you share your love of sports as a communications manager for a sports-related company. Great written and oral communication skills and a marketing or public relations degree will help you create plans that bolster the brand and support marketing efforts. The average communications manager earns about $87,000, according to the Salary Wizard.

Find corporate communications manager jobs.

3. Event Marketing Associate for a Sports Company

Put on entertaining events for a sports magazine or other sports-related company as an event marketing associate. You’ll work with advertising sales, public relations, creative services, client marketing, legal and the business office. On average, meeting and special-event planners earn approximately $55,000, according to the Salary Wizard.

Find event planning jobs.

4. College Coach

You can stay in college sports forever when you become a sports coach of a major college team. Start out as an assistant coach earning about $46,500. Move up to nearly $70,000 when you’re the head coach, according to the Salary Wizard. Those who coach minor sports earn about 15 percent a year less  than those who coach major sports.

Search for coaching jobs at all levels.

5. Gym Teacher

If you like children, you can get paid to play sports all day by getting a teaching certificate, and then landing a job as a physical education teacher. The median teacher salary is about $50,400, according to the Salary Wizard.

Find physical education teacher jobs.

6. Wall Street Sales and Trading

College athletes have the reflexes and confidence to do well in this very high-pressure environment. “They’re comfortable going with their gut instinct, and there’s a fit culturally,” says Patrick Perrella, senior associate director of MBA career development for the University of Notre Dame. Typical starting salaries for the athletes he’s placed in sales and trading positions are about $95,000 and the bonuses for successful fixed-income, equities, commodities and foreign-exchange traders are “enormous,” he adds.

Find a sales and trading job.

7. Sports Medicine

If you were intrigued by what you experienced when you were injured playing your sport, consider working with patients as a sports medicine physician or nurse. Median salaries for sports medicine MDs are just over $241,000; median nurse salaries are about $65,500.

Find jobs in sports medicine

Learn more about Sports Careers.

Latest Jobs

Posted: 05/29/2015
Posted: 05/29/2015
Posted: 05/29/2015
Volt Workforce Solutions
Posted: 05/29/2015
Cedar Falls, IA

Want more personalized results?  Update Your Profile


Monster Communities

Teaching Community
Where teachers meet and learn.
Create and connect.
Networking for the career-minded woman.
Nursing Link
Where nurses call the shots.
More Monster Communities

Monster Partners

Scholarships, financial aid and more ways to pay for school.
Find top campus and online degree programs.
Military portal for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Financial Aid
Scholarships & financial aid.
Staffing for Government Jobs
Staffing and hiring solutions for federal government agency jobs.
More Monster Partners

Job Hunt Strategy

Six Ways to Make a Recruiter Hate You
If you want to blow your chances with recruiters -- and, by extension, with the companies they work for -- here are six perfect ways to do so.

Resumes & Cover Letters

Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate
Hoping to relocate? Get the ball rolling on landing the right job in the right location with these expert resume and cover letter tips.


100 Potential Interview Questions
Interview questions can run the gamut. You probably won't face all 100 of these, but you should still be prepared to answer at least some of them.

Salary & Benefits

10 Questions to Ask When Negotiating Salary
Most of us aren't natural negotiators, but asking these 10 questions during salary negotiations can help you get everything you deserve.

Employee Sourcing

Alt text
November Monster Employment Index Grows 13% Year-Over-Year, Tenth Consecutive Month of Positive Annual Growth.

For Seekers

Campus and Online Degrees
Advance your career and earn more with an online degree.
Free Salary Wizard
What are you worth? Find out and negotiate a better salary.
Research Careers
Get information on jobs and career paths to help guide your choices
Questions & Answers
Find answers to all your career related questions -- powered by Yahoo! Answers
Resume Distribution Service
Our distribution service puts your resume right in the hands of recruiters.
Resume Writing Services
Our experts will craft a keyword-rich resume that stands out in the crowd.
More Career Resources

For Employers

Career Ad Network
Target your job posting to more candidates on thousands of websites.
Hire Right Background Checks
Explore our background check packages to improve the quality of your hires.
Hiring Home Page
Find the best candidates for your business with Monster hiring solutions.
Job Postings
Find the right solution for your hiring needs. Starting at $99.
Power Resume Search
Monster's new search technology precisely matches people with your jobs.
Resource Center
Find staffing insights, labor trends, HR best practices and more.
Target Post
Connect with skilled, hourly and administrative candidates for only $99.

Social Media

Jobs on Twitter
Find jobs in your area and industry.
Monster Careers
Tune into our career advice and discussions tackling a wide range of topics and industries.
Monster Corporate & PR
Stay up-to-date on the latest news. Get the 'Who', 'What', 'When', and 'Why' on all things Monster related.
Monster Customer Service
Got a Monster question? We've got the answer. Whether you're a job seeker or employer, we can help you find the answers you need.
Monster for Employers
Find advice on hiring.
Follow Us
Check out our many pages and stay connected with the latest industry news, events, career advice and job openings.

Other Links

Monster Company Profiles
Explore companies and get information to guide your career decisions.
Compare Salaries
See how your pay stacks up to others in your field.
iPhone Application
Download the Monster app for iPhone and iPod touch.
Monster Job Seeker Blog
Monster Job Seeker Blog.
Monster Thinking Blog
Monster's Recruitment Trends Blog.
Jobs & Career Resources
Search Jobs:
For Employers: Post Jobs | Search Resumes | Advertise
About Monster | Work for Monster | Advertise with Us | AdChoices | Partner with Us | Investor Relations | Social Media
Terms of Use | Privacy Center | Accessibility Center | Help | Security | Contact Us | Sitemap | Mobile
©2015 Monster - All Rights Reserved U.S. Patents No. 5,832,497; 7,599,930 B1; 7,827,125 and 7,836,060 MWW - Looking for Monster Cable? - V: 2015.8.0.34-213