Athletes and Sports Competitors


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+35.7% (much faster than the average)


What Athletes and Sports Competitors Do

Compete in athletic events.

Other Job Titles Athletes and Sports Competitors May Have

Baseball Player, Golf Professional, Hockey Player, Race Car Driver

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

MMA Fighter ,

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

You will find me most days in the gym training for my next big fight working on different drills including combinations, step-in jabs, and single strikes.

Track Athlete & Paralympian

I spend about 5-6 hours a day training including meals, pre-recovery and recovery. Lots of sore, tired, "why am I putting myself through this" days, but worth the reward.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Assess performance following athletic competition, identifying strengths and weaknesses and making adjustments to improve future performance.
  • Maintain equipment used in a particular sport.
  • Attend scheduled practice or training sessions.
  • Maintain optimum physical fitness levels by training regularly, following nutrition plans, or consulting with health professionals.
  • Participate in athletic events or competitive sports, according to established rules and regulations.

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