Sports and Recreation Careers

The sports and recreation industry includes thousands of different types of establishments offering entertainment and almost any kind of leisure activity imaginable. The sports management world offers those seeking an exciting career with many opportunities to be involved in the business aspect of sports of all kinds: in management, marketing, communication, law, finance and accounting.

Employment Opportunities

Sports Recreation professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Professional sports teams and clubs
  • Sporting events
  • Fitness
  • Recreation and camps
  • Sports marketing
  • Broadcast communication
  • Sports finance
  • Casinos and racetracks
  • School varsity athletics
  • Sport governing bodies


Sports Recreation professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Verbal communication and Interpersonal skills
  • Computer knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Organizational ability
  • Problem solving ability

Industry Spotlight

Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes represent and promote artists, performers, and athletes to prospective employers. (They) handle contract negotiations and other business matters for clients.

  • Projected 2006-16 employment change: About as fast as average
  • Most significant source of postsecondary education or training: Bachelor’s or higher degree, plus work experience

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008