Athletes participate in competitive sports events on an amateur or professional basis. They play team sports such as hockey, baseball, and football or compete in individual sports such as figure skating, track and field, and boxing.
A. Coaches prepare and train individual athletes/teams for competitive events.
B. Sports scouts identify and recruit athletes for professional sports teams.
C. Sports officials and referees observe and enforce rules governing sporting events, athletic games, and sports competitions.
D. Leaders and instructors in recreation and sport programs plan and carry out recreational, sports, fitness, and athletic programs for individuals/groups.
1. Arts entertainment and recreation - 43.0%
2. Educational services - 19.0%
3. Public administration - 18.0%
4. Other services (except public administration) - 7.0%
5. Health care and social assistance - 7.0%
6. Accommodation and food services - 3.0%
1. In general, you usually need ability, experience, and technical knowledge of your area of sport.
2. To be an athlete, involves extensive training under a coach's supervision and you may also need certification with a particular sports federation.
3. To be a coach, you usually need to complete the national coaching certificate program and have technical knowledge/experience of the sport. You may need a degree in physical education.
4. To be a sports official, you need certification by and registration with a sport governing body or commission.
5. To be a referee, you must finish an officiating program from a sport-governing body.
6. To be a program leader or instructor, you usually need a high school diploma as well as a college diploma in recreation or physical education, or extensive experience in a specific recreational or sports program. You usually need certificates such as a swimming instructor's certificate for particular recreational activities.
2. Physical Education
The average hourly wages for Athletes, Coaches, Referees and Related Occupations is $12.25/HR, which is below average for occupations in the art, culture, recreation and sport sector and are below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.