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The sports business industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States, with the market estimated to be worth about $60 billion. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says demand – and salaries – for sports managers should increase as well.

The bachelor’s program in sports and health sciences prepares students in sports and fitness, psychology, legal and regulatory issues, management principles and human behavior. The master’s program in sports management covers the social contexts of sport in historical and modern society, fundamentals of the sports industry, and focuses on sports law, marketing, promotion, public relations, finance, and economics.

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Useful Skills in the Sports and Health Sciences Field

Listening - Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.

Managing Money - Determining how much money is required to get a job done, allocating those monies, and accounting for all expenditures.

Managing Time - Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.

Reasoning - Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way that they do.

Public Speaking - Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in group settings to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.

Teaching - Teaching others how to do something.

Persuasion - Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.

Decision Making - Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.

Helping - Actively looking for ways to help people.


Career Options

To identify what education or training is necessary for careers within the sports and health field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry, using our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or by speaking with a career coach. 

As with all majors, the education you receive serves as a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for what you may face in the professional world. The career field you choose may require additional education or experience.

Amusement and Recreation Attendants
Athletes and Sports Competitors
Coaches and Scouts
Dietitians and Nutritionists
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers
Exercise Physiologists
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
Gaming Managers
General and Operations Managers
Health Educators
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

Managers, All Other
Marketing Managers
Physical Therapist Aides
Physical Therapist Assistants
Program Directors
Public Address System and Other Announcers
Radio and Television Announcers
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
Reporters and Correspondents
Sports Medicine Physicians
Therapists, All Other
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sport Officials

Getting Started: Internships

Gaining real-life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. The career services website has an extensive list of internships and fellowships. Browse through the internships - they are organized by interest or by federal program - and use the list below to find a few examples of organizations that offer internships for both graduate and undergraduate sports and health science students.

Adaptive Recreation Internships
Orlando Magic Internship
Team USA


The leading resource for internships in the sports industry is TeamWork Online. Using an unique blend of networking, job postings, live events, and educational tools, TeamWork Online connects job seekers with industry leaders and provides the tools to find a career, making TeamWork Online more than a job-board. University students and recent alumni can create an MVP College account using their University email address. The upgrade to "Full MVP Access" is offered at a discounted rate. For questions or assistance, contact your Career Services Team!

Getting Hired: Government Agencies, Organizations, and Search Engines

There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in sports and health sciences. The list below provides a few places one might find employment specific to this degree.

Federal Agency Examples

Organization Examples

Centers for Disease Control
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Health Resources and Services Administration
Indian Health Service
National Institutes of Health
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
Peace Corps
Public Health Service
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Administration - Professional Athletic Organizations
Athletic Arenas and Stadiums
Athletic Associations
Coach - Professional, College, or K-12 level Athletic Teams
Corporate Health Facilities
Country Clubs and Resorts
Hospitals and Rehabilitations Clinics
Recreation Departments
Sporting Goods Companies
Sports Medical Clinics

While many of the major job search engines will have positions in several fields to choose from, the list below is specific to the sports and health science field.

American College of Sports Medicine
ESPN Career Center
Exercise Careers
Feld Entertainment
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Careers
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Online Sports
Sport Information Resource Center
Strength Performance Network
Women Sports Jobs

A variety of tools for getting hired in the sports industry are available to University students and recent alumni through TeamWork Online. Get updates on live events, read and hear sports industry success stories network with leaders in the field - and look for great jobs! University students and recent alumni can create an MVP College account using their University email address. The upgrade to "Full MVP Access" is offered at a discounted rate. For questions or assistance, contact your Career Services Team!


Keeping Current: Professional Organizations and Associations
Conferences and Expositions

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
March 14-18, 2017
Boston, Mass.

Association for Applied Sport Psychology
Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2016
Phoenix, Ariz.

National Academy of Kinesiology
Oct. 6-8, 2016
Albuquerue, N.M.

North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
June 4-8, 2017
San Diego, Calif.

North American Society for Sport Management
May 30 - June 3, 2017
Denver, Colo.

Get Connected: Social Media and Publications

A login may be required for access to social media.

APUS Sports & Health Sciences and Sports Management - Facebook
Sports and Fitness Network - LinkedIn, Twitter, Blog

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