In North America, the sports industry represents an annual revenue of more than $72 billion. There are multiple career paths in this industry.

Whether you’re interested in the sport as a competitor, or through management, finance, or analysis, there is a wide range of opportunities and roles available. Industry contacts are important when you’re trying to break into the field and advance, as is experience being a member of a team or through internships, student groups or campus work.

You can learn more about the field in the Firsthand Guide to Sports Jobs

Gaining experience

Seeking out alumni who work in an area of interest to you is a great way to learn about their career journey and get their advice. Conducting industry research to determine your target organizations and then reviewing postings on their websites is the best way to find opportunities for internships or full-time work.

Hiring process and timeline

Because this field spans multiple types of organizations and roles, there is not a single hiring process or timeline. Many organizations typically hire close to the start date for the position. Identifying organizations of interest and then checking their websites regularly or speaking to alumni who work there will offer insights into their specific recruiting cycles.

Examples of job titles and roles
  • Athlete
  • Trainer
  • Athletic director
  • Marketing, public relations and sales
  • Business development
  • Data and analytics
  • Operations
  • Management/representation
Professional organizations and associations

Professional organizations and associations are membership-based groups comprised of people working in a similar field. They can be helpful resources for students to learn more about a field, develop connections and discover related opportunities. You can search for related organizations and associations using a database provided by the Princeton University Library.

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