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Career Resources for Sport Management Majors:

Sport Management Graduate Programs:

  • Sports Management MS, PhD
  • Sports Industry Management MS
  • Sports Communication and Media MS, PhD
  • Sport and Entertainment Management MS
  • Master of Education in Sport Management
  • Sports Product Management MS
  • Leisure and Sport Management MS
  • Recreation and Sport Management MS

Career options:

  • Master’s Degree:
    • Public Relations Specialist
    • Agent/Representative
    • Sales Manager
    • Marketing Director
    • Publicity Manager
    • Athletic Administrator/Director
    • Director of Athletic Facilities/Teams
    • Sport Agent
    • Sport Administrator
    • Sports Information Director
    • Athletic Business Manager
    • Operations Manager
  • PhD:
    • Professor
    • Athletic Researcher
    • Sport Industry Researcher

Salary and job outlook information

Job Title Median Salary Outlook
Administrative Services Managers (Directors) $83,790 +8% (average)
Coaches and Scouts $30,640 +6% (average)
Top Executives (Directors) $102,750 +6% (average)
Social and Community Service Manager $62,740 +10% (faster than average)
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $101,510 +7% (average)
Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers $123,450 +9% (faster than average)
Financial Managers $115,320 +7% (average)
Sales Managers $110,660 +5% (average)
Advertising Sales Agents $47,890 -3%
Public Relations Specialist $55,680 +6% (average)
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners $46,490 +10% (average)
Human Resource Specialists $57,420 +5% (average)
Human Resource Managers $102,780 +9% (average)
Writers and Authors (Journalists) $58,850 +2% (slower than average)
Photographers $30,490 +3% (slower than average)
Announcers $29,010 -11%

  • How would you describe yourself as a Sports manager? How do you think others would describe you?
  • What are key tasks for Sports manager?
  • If you knew a manager is 100% wrong about something how would you handle it?
  • What was the most difficult management decision you’ve ever had to make?
  • Which term best describes you as a manager – a micromanager or a macromanager? Why does this approach work best for you?
  • Please tell me top 3 mistakes for Sports manager job and how to solve them? 

  • Think of the following industries:
    • Colleges/universities
    • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • Conference offices (SEC, ACC)
    • National Sport Governing Bodies
    • Regional sport commissions
    • International Olympic committee/ United States Olympic committee
    • Training centers
    • Youth Sports Organizations
    • YMCA/YWCA
    • Sport Camps
    • Stadiums/Arenas
    • Golf/tennis Courses, Tracks
    • Industry Suppliers
    • Recreational Facilities
    • Individual Sport Teams
    • Professional Leagues
    • Motor Sport Organizations
    • Sport Marketing Firms
    • Exercise Equipment manufacturers
    • Ski resorts
    • Fitness Centers
    • Sport Broadcaster/Newspaper/editor/TV show/magazine/radio host
  • A passion for sports is irrelevant, everyone has a passion for sports, and it’s recommended that you don’t even mention a passion for sports, it makes it seem like you don’t know what is important. Instead focus on the field and what makes you a strong candidate.
  • Build a digital portfolio
  • Write an industry blog or become a guest writer (write pieces for magazines, newspapers, etc) to show knowledge in the field.
  • Conduct skills research: find out what they need, just because you have a degree doesn’t mean you have the skill to get hired. Gain experience through campus radio/TV, etc to show that you know what you’re doing and so you can apply your skills.
  • Employment guide for Sports Industry

Career Resources for MS Sport Management:

Salary and job outlook information

Job Title Median Salary Outlook
Administrative Services Managers $83,790 +8% (average)
Top Executives $102,750 +6% (average
Social and Community Service Manager $62,740 +10% (faster than average)
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $101,510 +7% (average)
Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers $123,450 +9% (faster than average)
Financial Managers $115,320 +7% (average)
Sales Managers $110,660 +5% (average)
Public Relations Specialist $55,680 +6% (average)
Human Resource Specialists $57,420 +5% (average)
Human Resource Managers $102,780 +9% (average)

  • Related coursework may be included.
  • If desired, you can separate experience under different headings (Leadership, Sport Management, etc)
  • Skills may be included to show expanse in knowledge (Oracle, Adobe CS5 InDesign, etc)
  • Include your master’s thesis under education.

  • How would you describe yourself as a Sports manager? How do you think others would describe you?
  • What are key tasks for Sports manager?
  • If you knew a manager is 100% wrong about something how would you handle it?
  • What was the most difficult management decision you’ve ever had to make?
  • Which term best describes you as a manager – a micromanager or a macromanager? Why does this approach work best for you?
  • Please tell me top 3 mistakes for Sports manager job and how to solve them?
  • Tell me about your marketing experience.
  • Describe a time you had to deal with a difficult or upset client or customer.
  • What should the top priorities of a college/professional athlete be?
  • What is your program/practice philosophy?
  • If you could change something about the sports/entertainment industry, what would it be and why?

  • A passion for sports is irrelevant, everyone has a passion for sports, and it’s recommended that you don’t even mention a passion for sports, it makes it seem like you don’t know what is important. Instead focus on the field and what makes you a strong candidate.
  • Build a digital portfolio
  • Write an industry blog or become a guest writer (write pieces for magazines, newspapers, etc) to show knowledge in the field.
  • Conduct skills research: find out what they need, just because you have a degree doesn’t mean you have the skill to get hired. Gain experience through campus radio/TV, etc to show that you know what you’re doing and so you can apply your skills.
  • Employment guide for Sports Industry
  • Focus on Sports Analytics, most undergraduates will not have knowledge in this , by getting an advanced degree with a knowledge of sports analytics you may be able to set yourself apart from the others.

Sport Management Graduate Program Websites:

International Sport Management Association (ISMA)

Jobs & Careers in Sports Medicine, Sports Science & Engineering, Sports Management

Knowledge Management in Sport Organization

National Sports Convention

North American Society for Sport Management

Sport Management Networking Group

Sport Management Student Support

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