Athletes and Sports Competitors
SOC: 27-2021.00

Description:

Compete in athletic events.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
13,700 employed

Projected (2024):
14,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • All Terrain Vehicle Racer (ATV Racer)
  • Archer
  • Auto Racer
  • Automobile Racer
  • Ball Player
  • Barrel Racer
  • Baseball Pitcher
  • Baseball Player
  • Basketball Player
  • Bass Fisher
  • Bicycle Racer
  • Bicyclist
  • Billiard Player
  • BMX Rider (Bicycle Motocross Rider)
  • Bodybuilder
  • Bowler
  • Boxer
  • Bug Worker
  • Bull Rider
  • Cage Fighter
  • Car Racer
  • College Athlete
  • Competitive Athlete
  • Competitor
  • Cyberathlete
  • Cyclist
  • Dirt Bike Racer
  • Diver
  • Drag Car Racer
  • Equestrian
  • Exerciser
  • Figure Skater
  • Football Player
  • Gamer
  • Golf Professional
  • Golf Tournament Consultant
  • Golfer
  • Hockey Player
  • Horse Racer
  • Horseman
  • House Player
  • Ice Skater
  • Jai Alai Player
  • Jockey
  • Karate Black Belt
  • Kick Boxer
  • Lacrosse Player
  • Major League Baseball Player
  • Minor League Baseball Player
  • MMA Fighter (Mixed Martial Arts Fighter)
  • Motocross Racer
  • Motorcycle Racer
  • Motorcyclist
  • NASCAR Driver (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Driver)
  • NASCAR Racer (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Racer)
  • NBA Player (National Basketball Association Player)
  • NFL Player (National Football League Player)
  • Oarsman
  • Pitcher
  • Pool Player
  • Powerbuilder
  • Prize Fighter
  • Professional Athlete
  • Professional Bass Fisher
  • Professional Bass Fisherman
  • Professional Caster
  • Professional Fighter
  • Professional Golf Tournament Player
  • Professional Poker Player
  • Professional Skateboarder
  • Professional Skater
  • Professional Soccer Player
  • Professional Volleyball Player
  • Professional Wrestler
  • Pugilist
  • Race Car Driver
  • Racecar Driver
  • Racing Car Driver
  • Rodeo Performer
  • Roller Skater
  • Rower
  • Show Horse Driver
  • Skate Boarder
  • Skater
  • Skier
  • Sky Diver
  • Skydiver
  • Snowboarder
  • Soccer Player
  • Softball Player
  • Stock Car Driver
  • Sulky Driver
  • Sumo Wrestler
  • Surfer
  • Swimmer
  • Tennis Player
  • Tennis Professional
  • Volleyball Player
  • Wrestler
  • WWE Wrestler (World Wrestling Entertainment Wrestler)


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Food Production
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Attend scheduled practice or training sessions.
  • Participate in athletic events or competitive sports, according to established rules and regulations.
  • Exercise or practice under the direction of athletic trainers or professional coaches to develop skills, improve physical condition, or prepare for competitions.
  • Maintain equipment used in a particular sport.
  • Maintain optimum physical fitness levels by training regularly, following nutrition plans, or consulting with health professionals.
  • Assess performance following athletic competition, identifying strengths and weaknesses and making adjustments to improve future performance.
  • Receive instructions from coaches and other sports staff prior to events, and discuss their performance afterwards.
  • Represent teams or professional sports clubs, performing such activities as meeting with members of the media, making speeches, or participating in charity events.
  • Lead teams by serving as captain.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Badminton rackets
  • Balance beams
  • Baseball catching gloves
  • Bicycle motocross BMX bikes
  • Bowling balls
  • Boxing gloves
  • Competition javelins
  • Competition sailboats
  • Competition shot puts
  • Competition skateboards
  • Competition snowboards
  • Competition surfboards
  • Competition water skis
  • Core strengthening wheels
  • Cross-country skis
  • Cyclical variations in adaptive conditioning CVAC pods
  • Digital video cameras
  • Diving platforms
  • Downhill skis
  • Dressage whips
  • Elliptical trainers
  • Exercise bicycles
  • Fencing foils
  • Figure skates
  • Fitness balls
  • Fitness dumbbells
  • Fitness treadmills
  • Football training dummies
  • Football training sleds
  • Glute-ham benches
  • Golf drivers
  • Golf putters
  • Golf wedges
  • Gymnastics grips
  • Gymnastics rings
  • Gymnastics trampolines
  • Gymnastics vaults
  • Hammer throws
  • Horse bridles
  • Horse reins
  • Ice hockey skates
  • Ice hockey sticks
  • In-line skates
  • Lacrosse sticks
  • Laptop computers
  • Lower body weight machines
  • Metal baseball bats
  • Motion analysis equipment
  • Mountain bikes
  • Parallel bars
  • Personal computers
  • Ping-pong paddles
  • Pommel horses
  • Pool cues
  • Portable archery targets
  • Power stairclimbers
  • Precision archery bows
  • Race starting blocks
  • Recumbent exercise bicycles
  • Regulation basketballs
  • Regulation field hockey sticks
  • Regulation footballs
  • Regulation soccer balls
  • Regulation volleyballs
  • Relay race batons
  • Riding crops
  • Riding saddles
  • Road bikes
  • Row machines
  • Sculling boats
  • Softball bats
  • Speed skates
  • Spring diving boards
  • Squat benches
  • Squat racks
  • Stability balls
  • Sweep-oar boats
  • Swimming goggles
  • Tablet computers
  • Target shooting arrows
  • Tennis rackets
  • Therapeutic exercise bands
  • Therapeutic sandbags
  • Throwing discus
  • Track and field hurdles
  • Tractor tires
  • Uneven bars
  • Upper body ergometers
  • Vaulting poles
  • Vaulting springboards
  • Weighlifting analysis equipment
  • Weight plates
  • Weighted vests
  • Wooden baseball bats
  • Email software
  • Facebook
  • Motion analysis software
  • Twitter
  • Web browser software
  • YouTube


  • arts design entertainment sports and media


    industry stats

    SOC: 27-0000

    Total Employed: 1,843,600

    Average Annual Salary: $56,980