What are the future jobs in sport?

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Sport: a booming sector

For several years now, the sports sector has seen the emergence of a whole range of new professions. This is a particularly promising dynamism which, beyond the competitive aspect, is synonymous with the organization of events and conviviality. It is constantly expanding and is estimated to be growing at 6% per year.

The professional environment of sport is booming and technological transformations are no stranger to this evolution. Its growth is so important that the sports market currently represents 1.8% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, or a turnover of 38 billion euros. On an equivalent basis, this corresponds to the aeronautics industry. There are no less than 350,000 professionals working in the sector.

Thus, sports-related professions appear to be extremely attractive to many young graduates wishing to embark on a career. Whether they are related to marketing, communication, event organization or sales, the sector offers a wide range of jobs that can appeal to all types of profiles.

It is really in the event industry that the sector is booming. Often coming from companies that organize events, the most trendy jobs vary and go from the partnership manager to the project manager, all communicators through the VIP area manager. It is a real microcosm that is nourished and developed more and more each year, to the benefit of the employability of the field.

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Which sports jobs are recruiting?

On the periphery of sports competitions, many jobs related to the sports sector are developing and attracting more and more profiles. Here is a non-exhaustive list of sports jobs that are recruiting:

Sports marketing manager

The sports marketing manager’s mission is to promote leagues, players or teams operating in the professional sports world. To do this, he analyzes the market and implements marketing operations to expand their popularity during the meetings. It also organizes strategies to promote derivative products or even the image of certain venues or stadiums during sporting events. Among the tools he uses, social networks are an integral part of his methods to highlight those for whom he is responsible. It is a multi-faceted role that requires a wide range of functions. The marketing manager may also be responsible for negotiating advertising contracts and all related mentions.

Sports Physician

Athletes are subjected to many physical and mental challenges during their careers. The sports physician is a true ally in the development of their skills and is responsible for performing numerous tests to determine the health problems to which the player may be exposed. Serving an entire team or an individual player, the doctor acts as much on a specific fact as in prevention. He analyzes, diagnoses, treats and advises on medical and nutritional matters. Finally, they are responsible for determining whether a player is able to continue playing his or her sport or to take a break to recover.

Sports event organizer

This job involves managing a sporting event from start to finish and controlling every aspect of it, from planning to general organization to promotion. Thus, in order to harmonize the meetings, the organizer is responsible for communicating with the representatives of each team in order to determine their needs from a material and human point of view, from planning to security, to transportation. Negotiation and moderation are at the heart of this function in order to convince and reassure the teams of the success of the event.

Sports coach

In direct contact with the players, the coach has many functions depending on the degree of competition to which he is exposed and the type of sport he practices. He plans targeted training sessions according to the needs of the player, maintains his psychological and physical condition, and establishes a privileged contact in order to accompany him as closely as possible. He knows how to visualize the strengths and weaknesses of his opponents in order to set up targeted strategies and maximize his chances of success.

Photojournalist

The mission of the sports photographer or photojournalist is to capture events, actions or people through his camera. Thus, it feeds the documentation of an event or a match and provides future articles with the necessary material to transcribe it as faithfully as possible. His presence must be continuous during the games. On the other hand, its activity is particularly irregular and can pass from very intense to relatively calm according to the periods.

Sport psychologist

As an integral part of a team, his function is to maximize the players’ abilities by taking care of their mental well-being as well as that of the surrounding staff. It is responsible for maintaining physical and psychological balance and preventing the various disorders they may face during periods of stress. The sport environment is particularly exposed to pressure and sport psychologists are a real support for all the links in the chain.

What are the future sectors for the professions in sport?

The sports sector is developing considerably and brings with it a wide range of diversified professions. The schools offering training related to sport are working to develop the professions of tomorrow, and to make them sustainable. In this field, France has a lot to offer as a major hub in terms of sports business and renowned sports events. A brief overview of the sectors of the future for sports jobs:

Control and organization

Beyond competitions and performances, this sector calls on many professionals to organize major sporting events, structured and supervised by many professionals. This sector has accompanied the development of the sport business and benefits from one of the most important leaps in terms of employment. Managerial skills and communication are at the heart of this sector which tends to popularize and extend the influence of sport to the general public and the media.

  • e-sport organizer
  • manager of sports organizations
  • APS operator
  • sports player agent
  • sports director of a municipality
  • territorial advisor of physical and sports activities
  • manager of sports organizations
  • Inspector of Youth and Sports

Sports coaching

15 million French people regularly practice a sport, through 10,000 sports halls and 250,000 sports associations. These are all jobs that are at the heart of the sector, which is well on its way to continuing its expansion. Sports coaching remains a safe bet and consists of offering courses to the greatest number of people, leading sports courses, training or coaching the many amateur or professional athletes. In this respect, physical education and sports teachers represent 30,000 employees. Thus, this sector remains a strong link in the sports environment and offers a host of future jobs:

  • sports educator
  • PE teacher
  • trainer
  • high mountain guide
  • sports presenter
  • equestrian guide
  • arbitrator
  • sports physiotherapist
  • sports nutritionist
  • sports physician
  • physical trainer

Which sports jobs have the highest salaries?

As the sports industry has evolved, some professions have become particularly lucrative. The influence of sport, health and well-being are such that the sector remains one of the most dynamic and promising today. A brief overview of the best paid jobs in the sector:

Sports trader

Directly linked to the financial sector, the sports trader’s mission is to determine the potential risks linked to the coastlines of major events. Generally specialized in a limited number of disciplines, it is also responsible for organizing bets. The sports trader must have a very extensive sports culture and know how to analyze the statistics of the professionals in order to be as efficient as possible. This is a particularly high-pressure job, like traditional trading. We estimate the remuneration of the sports trader at 80 K€ at the beginning of the course. With the addition of bonuses and experience, the salary can double.

Stadium manager

The job of stadium manager consists of managing and operating a stadium, organizing sports events. Its task is multiple and covers many functions. He must manage all aspects of a match, ensure the safety of the public and professionals, and make the venue that hosts these events profitable. There are various other aspects to the event, including ticketing, promotion and catering. His communication skills must be combined with a perfect mastery of economics and flawless management skills. Related to the club he depends on, his salary varies between 4000 and 6000 euros per month.

Video Analyst

Another job that pays well is that of a video analyst. The job is still relatively new and consists in analyzing the behaviors of a team through a video broadcast. It is a way to develop strategies by evaluating the characteristics of the opponent’s game. He then reviews the strengths and weaknesses of each player and breaks down the systems of attack and defense in order to propose an alternative game. Related to the type of sport and events, it is estimated that the average remuneration is around 4000 euros.

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Updated 18 July 2022