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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.


· 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.


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