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Ahletes and Sports Competitors

Athletes and Sports Competitors Job Overlook

Athletes and Sports Competitors


What they do


· Athletes and sports competitors participate in organized, officiated sporting events to entertain spectators.


Work Environment


· Athletes and sports competitors often work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. They usually work more than 40 hours a week for several months during their particular sports season. They may be exposed to all weather conditions.


How to Become an Athlete or Sports Competitor


· Athletes and sports competitors typically have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. They must have superior athletic talent and immense knowledge of their sport, which they usually get through years of experience at lower levels of competition.


Pay


· The median annual wage for athletes and sports competitors was $40,060 in May 2012.


Job Outlook


· Employment of athletes and sports competitors is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Competition for most professional athlete jobs will remain very strong.


Similar Occupations


· Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of athletes and sports competitors with similar occupations.


Refrences

Information from bls.gov

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