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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 27, 2015 | Top Stories

In part 1, we explored these careers - sports coach, umpires and referees, sports physiotherapists, reporters and correspondents, and sports photographer. Want to see what other careers in sports you could pursue? We bet you wouldn't have thought of #7!

6. Sports psychologist

What you'll do

Sports psychologists work mainly with athletes to ensure they have a healthy mind-body balance so that they can achieve optimal performance in their game. As a sports psychologist, you will use techniques like interviews, observations and counselling to help your clients set and reach their goals and overcome mental and emotional stresses related to performance anxiety, poor self-esteem, and burnout.

Is this job for you?

If you like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out, this could be the job for you. The interest code for this career is Investigative, Social and Artistic. Want to find out your interest profile? Click here.

Important qualities

Analytical skills, communication skills, observational skills, patience, people skills, problem-solving skills and trustworthiness.

Fields of study

Here are some fields you may want to consider for your bachelor's degree: healthcare and science.

7. Statistician

What you'll do

Sport Ever noticed how some sports enthusiasts can spew statistics of their favourite team off the top of their heads? Well, they may have a great memory but the person behind all these numbers is more likely a statistician. Yup, you heard right. So if you're a number-crunching lover with a passion for sports, you could have a career as a sports statistician. A sports statistician records statistics, studies trends, prepares summary records and is sometimes called in to settle score disputes. The statistics and reports generated by sports statisticians are used not only by sports reporters but by coaches and team managers to monitor the performance of their players or future players.

Is this job for you?

If you like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines, this could be the job for you. The interest code for this career is Conventional and Investigative. Want to find out your interest profile? Click here.

Important qualities

Critical-thinking skills, mathematical skills, problem-solving skills, speaking skills and writing skills.

Fields of study

Here are some fields you may want to consider for your bachelor's degree: mathematics and economics.

8. Event planner

What you'll do

From Formula 1 races to the Olympics, these great sporting events take a tremendous amount of planning. Even planning a sports carnival for your college takes a few sub-committees working together to pull it off. If you enjoy sports and planning for events, you could make it your career. An event planner needs to choose and inspect an event venue to ensure it meets the requirements of the client. You will work with sponsors and organising committees to plan the event and keep to the budget. You may also need to deal with services like publicity, accommodation, transportation, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements, printing and event security.

Is this job for you?

If you like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business, this could be the job for you. The interest code for this career is Enterprising, Conventional and Social. Want to find out your interest profile? Click here.

Important qualities

Communication skills, composure, customer-service skills, interpersonal skills, mathematical skills, negotiation skills, organisational skills and problem-solving skills.

Fields of study

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

9. Nutritionist

What you'll do

Nutritionists who work in sports help to plan the diets of athletes so that they get the nutrition they need to improve the quality of their performance on the field. They also provide nutritional counselling and advice on food selection and preparation. Your job may involve consulting with the physician caring for the athlete to determine the nutritional needs and restrictions of your client.

Is this job for you?

If you like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out, this could be the job for you. The interest code for this career is Investigative, Social and Enterprising. Want to find out your interest profile? Click here.

Important qualities

Analytical skills, compassion, listening skills, organisational skills, problem-solving skills and speaking skills.

Fields of study

Here are some fields you may want to consider for your bachelor's degree: healthcare and science.

10. Sports retail

What you'll do

If you've ever been obsessed about a particular sport, you would know that getting seriously involved in a sport also means spending a lot on equipment, gadgets and accessories to improve your performance or pleasure. Retail in sports is a big business. If you're a runner, you'd probably keep up with the best pair of shoes, apparel and running app which changes every season. If your sport is fishing, you'd need more than a rod and tackle – believe me. And boy, do sportspeople love upgrades!

In retail, you can work in marketing or advertising and promotions. You will plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programmes; and determine the demand for your products. You will need to analyse market trends, identify potential customers and stay ahead of competitors.

Is this job for you?

If you like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business, this could be the job for you. The interest code for this career is Enterprising and Conventional. Want to find out your interest profile? Click here.

Important qualities

Analytical skills, communication skills, creativity, decision-making skills, interpersonal skills and organisational skills.

Fields of study

Here are some fields you may want to consider for your bachelor's degree: business and communications.

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