When discussing sports-related employment, the focus is often on the quarterbacks and coaches or even the sideline commentators; however, sports-related jobs span a wide range of occupations, and some of them are growing rapidly.
Since 2010, jobs across all sports-related industries are up 12.6 percent, more than double the growth in the national job market. Average wages in these occupations also surpasses the national average of $57,947 at $78,455.
Sports-related employment is particularly important as it often has a strong multiplier effect by creating job growth in other areas beyond athletics. According to a report by CareerBuilder and Economic Model Specialists Intl (EMSI), 100 new sports-related jobs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have the potential of creating $46.2 million in earnings for the city along with 422 new jobs in healthcare, sales, food preparation and service, and construction.
Certain sports-related industries have seen strong growth in employment over the past four years. For example, agents and managers have seen a growth of 16.8%; promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events with facilities of 30.4%; and sports teams and clubs of 8.6%
Sports-Related Jobs with High Growth
Sports Employment by Occupation
Athletes and coaches are far from the only occupations that are supported by the sports industry. Actually, these professions have seen the least growth compared to other sports-related employment, with coaches and scouts gaining 7% more jobs, and athletes and sports competitors growing by 3%. Several occupations have experienced substantial employment gains since 2010 due to sports-related industries.
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners – 39% Growth
Concierges – 37% Growth
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians – 27% Growth
Public Address System and Other Announcers – 24% Growth
Agents and Business Managers – 23% Growth
Producers and Directors – 21% Growth
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers – 19% Growth
Janitors and Cleaners – 17% Growth
Security Guards – 16% Growth
“Sports is a major part of our culture and a key economic driver in cities nationwide. The growth in sports-related jobs since 2010 is notably higher than that of the national average for all jobs, indicating a greater investment in one of America’s favorite pastimes.” ~Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder