Sports Industry

Teach athletes the skills they need to succeed. Athletic leaders, coaches, and sports psychologists use their knowledge of sports and how the body and mind work to improve athletic performance.  

  • Sports coach working in college/university environments and sport performance centers
  • Sports psychologist or mental training consultant (requires additional education) 
  • Manager of professional and non-profit sports
  • College athletic administrator
  • Sports manager of collegiate, professional, amateur, youth, and non-profit sport


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of coaches and scouts is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022.

Median annual wage

  • CA: $45,600
  • US: $33,780

Sports knowledge and Interest

Sports psychology, leadership, and management are ideal career paths for individuals who are interested in sports, mentorship and improving athletic performance. 

Communication skills

Sports industry professionals instruct and motivate athletes. They require excellent communication skills to teach techniques and strategies to team members. 

Leadership skills

Sports industry professionals have strong leadership skills to develop, direct, and motivate athletes. 

Decision-making skills

Coaches strategize to win games. They must display sound judgment.  

Problem-solving skills

Sports industry professionals are innovative thinkers. They use physical and mental strategies to help athletes overcome setbacks and improve performance.