CHOOSING A CAREER / JAN. 25, 2015
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8 Career Choices After Studying Sports Science

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If you are wondering what you can do with your degree in Sports Science, you have come to the right place. This article lists some possible career choices after studying sports science to help you decide where you could work.

Thus far, your degree in Sports Science should have equipped you with a good knowledge of  the sports and exercise industry as well as providing you with an excellent background on the science behind fitness. Also, depending on the modules your course offers, it might have given you an insight into other related areas such as psychology, nutrition, management or even education.

So, let’s go over possible career routes:

#1 Sports Administrator 

Sports administrators are responsible for ensuring the smooth running of a sports organisation, whether that refers to reception work at a local sports club or promoting the services of a major sports club as part of the marketing department. Their role is much similar to other administrative positions in other fields although they tend to focus on organising events and running sports facilities.

#2 Sports Therapist

Sports therapists work with sport and exercise participants to help them train and compete safely, giving them advice and treating their injuries. Also, they assist with rehabilitation which studies muscoskeletal conditions that arise from exercising by preventing injuries and dealing with the effects of emotional trauma that is related to these injuries.

#3 Exercise Physiologist

Exercise physiologists provide scientific support to athletes and teams within a sport. They basically examine the way the body responds to exercise and monitor training through measuring and assessing metabolism, muscle, nutrition, respiration as well as nervous, pulmonary and cardiovascular systems.

#4 Fitness Centre Manager

Fitness centre managers work in clubs that have a fitness suite or gym. They are responsible for marketing the facility and its services as well as events and dealing with the more technical aspects of fitness provision, health and safety. Moreover, as managers they are responsible for the overall profitability of the centre.

#5 Sports Coach

Sports coaches work with professional sportspeople, sports teams, community teams or school groups to provide support and increase performance. They are responsible for identifying the needs of each individual and team in order to plan the most suitable training programme. Their duties include, evaluating performance and providing feedback, assessing the strength and weaknesses of each participant’s performance as well as inspiring confidence and self-belief.

#6 Secondary School Teacher

Secondary school physical education (PE) teachers work in schools to teach sport and fitness to young people. Their key duties include preparing lessons and teaching materials, teaching classes of different ages and abilities, talking to parents about each student’s progress and arranging matches with other schools.

#7 Sports Development Officer

Sports development officers are responsible for organising sports based events and projects that encourage people to become active in sports. They aim to make it easier for all people to get involved by working with local communities and improving the access to sport for people with disabilities or who come from disadvantaged communities. Key duties include, finding and training staff, coaches and volunteers, monitoring and evaluating projects, managing resources and budget.

#8 Sports and Exercise Psychologist

Sports and exercise psychologists are concerned with the mental processes and well-being of individuals or teams involved in sports. As psychologists, they aim to help players deal with the demands of the sport and to improve their performance. Essentially, they work with the general public to assess their needs and abilities and implement strategies to help them overcome mental health difficulties encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

If you are a sports science graduate, there is a wide range of career options you can choose from. Studying towards a postgraduate qualification in any of the aforementioned subjects or any other sports-related topics will definitely help you increase your chances of landing a job.  

Which one will you choose? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. 

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