Athletes and Sports Competitors

Athletes and sports competitors participate in organized, officiated sporting events to entertain spectators.

Nature of work

No formal educational credential is required to become an athlete or sports competitor. Athletes must have superior athletic talent and immense knowledge of their sport, which they usually get through years of practice and experience at lower levels of competition.

Training, Qualifications and Advancement

the condition of this job is kind of tough because you have to eat right, and have to keep your body healthy and work out.


Employment of athletes and sports competitors is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition for most professional athlete jobs will remain very strong.

Job Outlook

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Projections Data

The median annual wage for athletes and sports competitors was $44,680 in May 2015.


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