CHOOSING A CAREER / JUL. 09, 2013
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Fancy a Career in Sports? – Here's What you Need to Know

Consider yourself a sports fanatic? Are you competitive by nature? Do you have the drive and motivation to keep up with a fast-paced industry? If so, you could be the perfect candidate for a career in the field of sport.

You don’t need to become the world’s best football player, or tall enough to make it into a USA basketball team; you can carve yourself a successful career in sports without actually playing it at all!

Below are some options you can consider as a promising career path into the world of sports.

#1 Sports Journalist

As a journalist, you need to be hot on the pulse with the latest sporting news and trends, and be committed enough to report breaking news as and when it happens. This type of job will get your name out there in the public domain and, provided you know your stuff, you will gain your own following. You also have the option to cover any sport that interests you most – which is a great way of achieving job satisfaction.

Required: You will need a degree, preferably in journalism, but any other relatable degree can be accepted. You also need exceptional writing skills and the ability to engage readers with your writing.

UK average salary - £30,000 (£15,000 entry level)

US average salary - $38,300

#2 Sports Physiotherapist

Physiotherapists are essential in the sporting world, and so there is no shortage of jobs for skilled and qualified individuals. You can train to become a sports therapist and then specialise in your preferred sport such as football. You will often be at the matches and games and be on standby for emergencies.

Required: You will need a degree in sports science and physiotherapy, and will have to gain experience in the field before you can set up your own practice.

UK average salary - £30,000- £40,000 (£21,176 entry level)

US average salary - $52,824

#3 Personal Trainer

As a personal trainer, your primary duty is to assess the physical condition of your clients and create a tailored fitness program to suit their specific needs. Depending on which area you specialise in, you could find yourself being a personal trainer to a top athlete or sports team.

Required: To achieve a successful career as a personal trainer, you need a degree in sports science or an equivalent qualification. You will have to be know about healthy and safety regulations and all other aspects related to fitness.

UK average salary - £20,000

US average salary - $53,500

#4 Sports Nutritionist

A sports nutritionist creates effective dietary plans for athletes and sports people so that they can perform their best. Depending on your preference, you can work for a sports team, or for individual sportsmen. Due to the need for all sports professionals to have a nutritionist, the demand for qualified professionals is strong.

Required: Degree in nutritional science, dietetics or an equivalent field, You will also need to have a keen interest in dietary plans, sports and athlete performance in order to make a success of your career.

Average UK salary - £20,000 with excellent bonus and incentives

Average US salary - $55,000

Sports Coaching

This sports coaching course teaches students how to become a coach in all sport settings. This course aims to deliver all aspects of coaching to build a coach as a whole. Whether you are a beginner local youth coach or an experienced elite coach. This course will aim to teach you everything you need to know to be a successful coach regardless of previous experience.

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