Athlete and Sports Competitor

Brandon Dastur

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Athlete and Sports Competitors compete in organized sporting events to entertain the people watching the event. Some of the sports they compete in include football, basketball, baseball, hockey ,soccer,etc.
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Their Responsibilities

  • Practicing
  • Training
  • Working out
  • Attend team meetings
  • Participating in events
  • Watching film
  • Working with trainers and coaches
  • Negotiating contracts
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Salary Range

The United States salary for athletes starts at $43,350. Superstar athletes, like Lebron James, can make as much as tens of millions of dollars every year.
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The pros of this job

  • For those that perform at a high level, their pay is substantially increased
  • Superstar athletes are well know nationally and internationally
  • Opportunities to make even more money from endorsements
  • You're playing a sport that you love and getting paid for it
  • You get to be a part of a team
  • You get to stay in good physical shape
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Job outlook

The job of being an athlete and sports competitor is expected to grow by 6% from 2014 to 2024. This growth percentage is an average growth rate with most careers, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the average wage of an athlete is growing significantly faster than the average career.
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Best colleges to go to and tuition

The two top ranked athletic colleges that were ranked highest on the Athletics Directors Cup were:

Stanford (annual cost = $43,683)

North Carolina (annual cost = $50,360)

However, good athletes can receive athletic scholarships to both of these schools to reduce the cost to go to that university.

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