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Ten Careers In Sports You Should Consider (And You Don't Need To Be An Athlete)

by StudyMalaysia.com on February 25, 2015 | Top Stories

So you love sports? You want a career in sports but you're not quite the athlete? Well, the good news is that there are lots of careers that allow you to be in the sports field without being a top sports person. Interested? Find out more.

Sports is an exciting field. Some of us like to play it, some like to watch it and some love both. What if you loved it so much you wished you could have a career in sports? Well, not all of us are born to be star athletes no matter how much passion we have for the game. So what can you do? Here are some careers that could be right up your alley – and you don't need to be an athlete to do it!

1. Sports coach or trainer

What you'll do

As a sports coach or trainer, you will be in charge or training and motivating a team and preparing them for competitive events. You need to plan and conduct practice sessions and use coaching techniques that bring out the best in your athletes.

You need to be an expert in the rules of your sport; understand the game's strategies; and keep abreast of changing rules, techniques, technologies, and philosophies relevant to your sport. Whether you're coaching a national team or a school football team, there's definitely a demand for sports coaches at all levels.

Is this job for you?

If you like helping people, teaching, and talking, this could be the job for you. The interest code for this career is Social, Realistic and Enterprising. Want to find out your interest profile? Click here.

Important qualities

Compassion, decision-making skills, detail oriented, and interpersonal skills.

Fields of study

Here are some fields you may want to consider for your bachelor's degree: healthcare, business, education and training, or arts and humanities.

2. Umpires, referees or sports officials

What you'll do

Sport Every game needs an umpire or referee. Besides maintaining standards of play and ensuring the rules of the game are observed at games or competitions, an umpire or referee keeps track of time, starts the game, and stops play when there is an incident or injury.

Umpires and referees are also the judge in disputes and impose penalties accordingly. You will need to act fairly and professionally in resolving claims or complaints. Together with other officials, you will verify scores and calculations before announcing the winner of the game.

Is this job for you?

If you like practical, hands-on problems and solutions, this could be the job for you. The interest code for this career is Realistic, Enterprising and Conventional. Want to find out your interest profile? Click here.

Important qualities

Communication skills, decision-making skills, good vision, stamina and teamwork.

Fields of study

Here are some fields you may want to consider for your bachelor's degree: education and training, or arts and humanities.

3. Sports physiotherapist

What you'll do

A career in sports physiotherapy involves designing programmes that help your clients maintain, improve or restore physical function of their body. Often, you will help your client or patient improve mobility and relieve pain as a result of a sports injury. Working with a sports physician, you will need to assess the patient and determine a diagnosis and evaluate the prescribed treatment at various stages. By recording the patient's response and progress to treatment, you can then adjust treatment to achieve the best results to maximise their performance.

Is this job for you?

If you like helping people, teaching, and talking, this could be the job for you. The interest code for this career is Social, Investigative and Realistic. Want to find out your interest profile? Click here.

Important qualities

Compassion, detail oriented, dexterity, interpersonal skills, physical stamina and resourcefulness.

Fields of study

Here are some fields you may want to consider for your bachelor's degree: healthcare, business, mathematics and science, or arts and humanities.

4. Reporters and correspondents

What you'll do

As a sports reporter or correspondent, you not only get to watch all the action, you'll get to talk about it too. You will be given assignments or asked to cover a developing story on a sports event or celebrity. Your job includes researching a story's background and ensuring that your story is complete and accurate. You may also conduct interviews, or attend sports events. Your job may require you to travel extensively. Before delivering a report, you will need to review your written, audio or video copy to correct language mistakes and to ensure it has the right editorial format or style.

Is this job for you?

If you like creating, designing, and making your own rules, this could be the job for you. The interest code for this career is Artistic, Enterprising and Investigative. Want to find out your interest profile? Click here.

Important qualities

Communication skills, computer skills, interpersonal skills, objectivity, persistence and stamina.

Fields of study

Here are some fields you may want to consider for your bachelor's degree: arts and humanities, communications and government studies.

5. Sports photographer

What you'll do

If you're a sports fan, you'll know that nothing sells like a great picture. Using high-end photography equipment, sports photographers need to know their tech – aperture, shutter speed, focus, field depth, lighting – to capture images that ‘wow' the audience. Be prepared to work long and odd hours if you want to be a sports photographer. You'll need to be on your feet for long periods of time and you'll also have to work under changing weather conditions.

Is this job for you?

If you like creating, designing, and making your own rules, this could be the job for you. The interest code for this career is Artistic and Realistic. Want to find out your interest profile? Click here.

Important qualities

Artistic ability, business skills, computer skills, customer-service skills, detail oriented and interpersonal skills.

Fields of study

Here are some fields you may want to consider for your bachelor's degree: Business, computer technology, arts and humanities, and communications.

Want to see what other careers in sports you could pursue? We bet you wouldn't have thought of #7. Read part 2 of our article.

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