Jobs to get with a sports degree

Updated February 21, 2017

A degree in sports does not mean that you are limited to coaching; your degree can be applied toward careers in a wide variety of areas, including education, sports management, the retail arena or sports medicine and science. Consider some of the jobs listed below as you make your career decision.


Perhaps the most obvious use for a degree in sports is coaching. While coaching positions are available at nearly every age and skill level, further education may be necessary for some high school and college coaching positions.

Teach Physical Education

Similarly to coaching, teaching phys ed is a fun way to work with students at all age and skill levels. Because it does not require the same type of proficiency in one sport that coaching does, P. E. teachers use a broader knowledge base about sports in general. Teaching P. E. at some locations may require further education.

Sports Complex Management

Individuals with a sports management degree are also qualified to manage sports facilities such as driving ranges, golf courses, ice skating rinks, climbing gyms and other sports arenas.

Sports Equipment Retail

Another job many sports majors enjoy is owning or working at a sports equipment retail store. The job description includes educating and assisting customers in finding the right kind of sports equipment. It may also involve organising classes, repairing damaged equipment and managing other employees.

Sports for Nonprofits

One very rewarding way to incorporate sports into your career is to work with a non-profit company to organise athletic events for special groups, such as disabled children or the elderly.

Personal Trainer

Personal training is an excellent way to put a sports science degree to use. It requires a combination of sports expertise and a quality one-on-one relationship with the client.

Athletic Trainer

Like a personal trainer, an athletic trainer works with one or more athletes at a time to ensure that they maximise physical strength and prevent injury.

Physical Therapist

Physical therapists help individuals recover from injuries by working with them on a regular basis. Although physiotherapy is less physically intense, it does require further education in the area of sports and medicine.

Diet and Nutrition

Although dietitians and nutritionists focus more on eating habits than sports, they still play a crucial role in the success of an athlete. They work alongside athletes to help them maximise their success by studying the way food affects an individual’s strength and metabolism.

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Tiffany Bennett is a recent graduate from Toccoa Falls College. While earning her degree in counseling and psychology, she discovered that she enjoys various forms of writing. She is currently living in Athens, Ga., and looking forward to beginning a graduate degree program in international affairs at the University of Georgia.