CHOOSING A CAREER / SEP. 05, 2014
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Sport Occupations Continue to Grow and Develop in the Job Market—Study Says

NFL season is right around the corner, and as we all know, the Super Bowl is the biggest sporting game of the year because it brings everyone around the country together.

However, football is not the only sport that receives a lot of support, but also sports such as basketball and baseball. As a result, the job market in the United States is seeing a high demand in job positions within the sporting industry.

According to Market Watch, PR Newswire released a study detailing statistics provided by CareerBuilder.com and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., (EMI). Both employment companies concluded that the sporting industry is generally growing faster than the rest of the country’s job market. While the national job market grew by 5.5 percent ($57,947) between 2010 and 2014, sport jobs increased by 12.6 percent ($78,455).

Here is a breakdown of the industry’s employment growth overtime: 

Industry

2010 Jobs

2014 Jobs

Growth

% Growth

Sports Teams and Clubs

76,411

82,968

6,557

8.6%

Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events with Facilities

76,269

99,445

23,176

30.4%

Other Spectator Sports2

54,545

53,538

(1,007)

(1.8%)

Racetracks

44,672

40,712

(3,960)

(8.9%)

Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events without Facilities

31,481

41,091

9,610

30.5%

Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures

30,748

35,899

5,151

16.8%

Total

314,125

353,654

39,529

12.6%

Agents and managers of some of your favorite athletes and public figures grew to nearly 17 percent, while sport teams/clubs have only seen an 8.6 percent growth.

Most sport fans forget that coaches, athletes, and team managers aren’t the only ones benefiting from this industry. Experts say that most sports-related occupations have created more job opportunities in other outside industries like health care, construction, and sales.  For instance, jobs related to radio and TV announcement (22 percent growth), lobby attendance (19 percent), custodian work (17 percent), security (16 percent), maintenance (17 percent), and event planning (39 percent) have all grown within the last four years.  

By the looks of it, it appears that some of the more mundane fields related to cleaning and maintenance are doing just as well as the industry’s main attraction. Even then, some of these jobs are growing faster than the jobs available in the entertainment, management, and promotional sectors of the sports industry. 

CareerBuilder and EMI also determined that sporting industries in smaller local markets are thriving, as shown in the examples below: 

#1 Denver, CO

  •          2014 Sports Jobs – 4,033 (22 percent increase since 2010)
  •          Jobs that would be added in non-sports-related industries as a result of 100 new jobs being created in Sports Teams and Clubs – 561

#2 Miami, FL

  •          2014 Sports Jobs – 13,863 (21)
  •          Jobs that would be added in non-sports-related industries – 552

#3 Buffalo, NY

  •          2014 Sports Jobs – 2,079 (26)
  •          Jobs that would be added in non-sports-related industries – 552 

#4 Dallas, TX

  •          2014 Sports Jobs – 10,956 (19 percent)
  •          Jobs that would be added in non-sports-related industries – 434

#5 Pittsburgh, PA

  •          2014 sports jobs– 5,660 (56 percent)
  •          Jobs that would be added in non-sports-related industries – 422

The CareerBuilder blog puts it in simpler terms by stating how much revenue cities like Pittsburgh could generate from non-sports related jobs. The article states that "100 new jobs in Sports Teams and Clubs in Pittsburgh can lead to $46.2 million new earnings across the city and 422 additional jobs outside of the industry."  

Since "sports is a major part of our culture and a key economic driver in cities nationwide,” CEO of CareerBuilder Matt Ferguson says that these figures prove just how much America invests more in sports-related jobs in comparison to other industry jobs.

Image source: Sports Networker

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