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If you aren't good enough to be a top athlete, don't despair. There are other sporting careers that can use your talents.
Sports Careers After the Super Bowl weekend, how could you not want to have a career in sports? The fame, the glory, the thrill. It’s a whole lot more interesting than sitting at a desk all day. But if you’re not good enough to be the top athlete, here are 10 other jobs in sports outlined by CareerCast.com that might just fit the bill. In this photo, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy as he celebrates his team’s 34-31 win against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sun., Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans.
Coach Even talented athletes need a capable leader or coach. Athletes in team and individual sports have coaches, and those at the highest level are sometimes as recognizable as their pupils. The profession ranges from those at the pinnacle, paid millions to get their team or athlete to the top, to part-timers like high school coaches, many of whom are also teachers, says CareerCast.com, a U.S. careers website. In this photo, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and cornerback Jimmy Smith (22) react on the sidelines during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the San Francisco 49ers, on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans.
Event Co-ordinator A sporting event is just one facet of the moment. Someone is responsible for overseeing all the details to ensure that the game, match or race goes off without a hitch. An event co-ordinator behind the scenes directs the implementation of strategies related to seating, security and media accommodation.
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Physical Therapist To deal with athlete’s aches and pains, teams employ physical therapists who specialize in athletic training. There are a number of university programs that offer physiotherapy degrees across Canada.
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Public Relations Manager In the world of professional sports, high-profile athletes can come under intense public scrutiny. A good public relations manager can handle any crises quickly to help protect the image and privacy of a star athlete.
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Photojournalist There are images from the sports world that are iconic: for example, Sidney Crosby’s goal that led Canada to win the gold medal for men’s hockey at the Vancouver Olympics or Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston. The outlets at which a sports photojournalist can work vary. Some can work full-time for newspapers, wire services and magazines, while others are hired by sports organizations themselves. Or you can work as a freelancer as well.
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Statistician Statistics play a vital role in sports. Advanced statistical metrics are gaining popularity in sports beyond just baseball, and that’s resulted in a new sport-focused niche for the mathematically inclined. In addition, the job’s profile gets boost due to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, which was founded in 2006.
Broadcaster Sporting events get to the homes of millions through television, radio and via online outlets. The elite in the broadcasting field are household names, and can earn pay cheque comparable to the athletes they cover.
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Advertising Account Executive Advertising dollars are what keep sporting events beaming into our homes. The advertising account executives who work behind the scenes handling some hefty business and demand for their skills is high, and so is their compensation.
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Sports Psychologist Sport psychologists help athletes be at the top of their game mentally, and can help them deal with the pressures of competition.
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Sports Agent Sports agents negotiate the details of their clients’ contracts and endorsement deals, which can reach into the millions.