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Many people out there love sports; in fact, if you ask people what their biggest passion is in life, many people would name a particular sport or sports team. Despite the overwhelming passion that many sports fans have, it is common for individuals to assume that loving sports can only ever be a hobby, never a full-time job.

You don’t have to be an athlete to work in the world of sports, just think about it; for everyone sports person that you see, there is a whole team of trainers, managers, and backroom staff driving that performance. If you are a sports fanatic, then why not think about turning your passion into your career?

The Best Jobs for People Who Love Sports

The list below has been designed to provide you with inspiration by outlining some of the best jobs for sports lovers.

1. Referees

If you love a particular sport, love playing the game, and have a good working knowledge of all the rules, then you might want to consider becoming a referee. In order to become a referee, you will need to be physically fit, have a good knowledge of the rules of a game and have experience playing. You will also likely need to have gained a qualification from the official sporting body before you are able to work as a referee for big games.

2. Umpire

Working as an umpire is a very important job as it is your responsibility to provide people with the right amount of narration to enhance the experience of watching the game. There are a number of requirements that are needed in order for a candidate to be eligible to become an umpire. You will need to have a high school diploma or an equivalent qualification. You will need to be older than 18, have 20/20 vision, and have a healthy body with athletic mobility. You will also need to have strong communication skills, in-depth knowledge of the game, and be able to drive.

Umpires often have to spend a great deal of time on the road, as they will follow sports teams around to different events. So it is important to factor in the lifestyle changes that you will need to make before considering a career as an umpire.

3. A Coach

Coaching is a very desirable job to hold for anyone who is interested in sports. If you have a tactical mind, are good with people, and are physically fit, then you might want to consider working as a coach. As a coach, it is your responsibility to develop the skills, knowledge, and physical fitness of the athletes in your team. You will also be responsible for devising strategies and tactics for games and matches. High-level coaches usually manage a team of athletes and support staff.

It is common for coaches to be ex-professional sportspeople, but this does not always have to be the case. Since much of what makes a great coach is managing people, you can come from a business environment and be a very successful sports coach.

4. A Scout

Working as a scout is another very important and lucrative job opportunity for people who love sport. It is the responsibility of the scout to identify and sign young, emerging talent to ensure a sports team is able to benefit from the best athletes.

As a scout, you will constantly be on the lookout for new talented players. You will likely travel a great deal to watch matches and see young players in action. Once you have identified a potential talent, you will play a big part in the deal of signing the athlete. You will be expected to conduct interviews, analyze a player’s ability, and suggest a price. Scouts play a vital role in ensuring the long-term success of a sports team.

5. Sports Psychologist

Successful athletes do not only need to look after their bodies but their minds too. Performing under high pressure requires sound mental health and wellbeing. Sports psychologists do not only help athletes to prepare and get themselves in the very best mental state possible, but they also play a vital role within the border team. Sports psychologists work with trainers and coaches to devise a plan to get the very best out of a player.

In order to become a sports psychologist, you will first need to have gained a psychology degree and a professional qualification that is needed to practice. Sports psychologists play an increasingly more valued role in the world of sports.

6. A Sports Physiotherapist

A sports physiotherapist is another critical role in the world of sports. It is the responsibility of a sports physiotherapist to examine and diagnose injuries, plan treatment programs, and track player’s progress. As a sports physiotherapist, you will play a critical role in getting an athlete get to full health performing at their best. You will also work with the coaches and the manager to plan when a player will be able to return to normal operations.

As a physiotherapist, you will be diagnosing injuries, treating athletes, and working with practices like manipulation, massage, and electrotherapy, all of which would be potentially dangerous if not executed correctly. This is why you need to gain a degree in order to work as a sports physiotherapist.

7. A Sports Journalists

Sports journalists work for television stations, newspapers, or radio stations to provide reports and updates on games and matches. Working as a sports journalist is a very desirable role for any sports lover, as you will be paid to watch and comment on sports. As a sports journalist, you will likely travel to watch and report on sporting events, so you will need a certain amount of dedication to support this lifestyle.

In order to become a sports journalist, you will need a degree in English, journalism, or a related field. You will also need to have good eyesight, high-quality communication skills and a good working knowledge of sports and the rules of different games. As sports journalists are often looked to provide insight, you will need to be a dedicated researcher.

8. Athletic Trainer

An athletic trainer will work with medical professionals, coaches, and athletes to help a player be able to perform at their very best. Am athletic trainer has a number of different responsibilities, such as evaluating a player’s condition, creating exercise and nutrition plans. Designing training programs, monitoring player’s progress.

Due to the diverse nature of the role of an athletic trainer, you will likely need a number of different skills and qualifications to work in this position. Firstly, you will be required to have gained a degree in athletic training. Next, in order to practice, you will need to hold a valid license or certification. You will also need a strong understanding of nutrition, sports injuries, and treatments. It is also very likely that you will need to have an understanding of first-aid and physical therapy techniques.

9. A Sports Agent

A sports agent represents an athlete and their interests in a number of different fields. For example, a sports agent will be responsible for handling an athlete’s public relations, contraction negotiations, and financial planning.

Professional athletes are often signed and transferred by deals that involve a large amount of money and many legal complexities. In order to work as a sports agent, you will not only need to understand how to negotiate these complex and high-pressure situations but do so in a way that represents your client’s best interests.

Although it is not always a requirement, it is a good idea for people who are interested in working as a sports agent to gain a law degree. This is recommended because contract negotiations are one of the most important parts of a sports agent’s job. However, there are also specialized sports management programs that you can study for as an undergraduate without having to study for a law degree.

10. A Sports Photographer

If you love sports and taking pictures, then you might want to consider working as a sports photographer. Sports photography can be especially difficult, as you a dealing with subjects that are likely moving at a rapid pace. So, it is recommended that you gain some form of education or professional training before starting off your career as a sports photographer.

You will likely choose an area of specialization when working as a sports photographer. You could either choose to work exclusively in stills photography or moving images. If you are working as a stills photographer, you might work freelance or for a newspaper.

If you are working as a sports videographer, then you will likely be employed by a specific production company or television channel. Since drones and other technologies are becoming a vital part of sports videography, choosing to specialize in a field like drone control and camera work is a great way to set yourself apart and can help to make you an even more desirable sports videographer. 

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