|Quick Facts: Athletes and Sports Competitors|
|$77,300 per year|
|No formal educational credential|
|Long-term on-the-job training|
|36% (Much faster than average)|
What Athletes and Sports Competitors Do
Athletes and sports competitors participate in organized, officiated sporting events to entertain spectators.
Athletes and sports competitors may work irregular schedules, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. They typically work more than 40 hours per week for several months during their particular sports season. They frequently work outside, so they may be exposed to all weather conditions.
How to Become an Athlete or Sports Competitor
No formal educational credential is typically required to become an athlete or sports competitor. Athletes must have athletic talent and an extensive knowledge of their sport. They typically get such knowledge through years of practice and experience at lower levels of competition.
The median annual wage for athletes and sports competitors was $77,300 in May 2021.
Employment of athletes and sports competitors is projected to grow 36 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 2,900 openings for athletes and sports competitors are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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