BASA - Careers

A Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Administration helps you to combine your love for sports with your interest in business management. With a degree in sports management from Fairleigh Dickinson, you can work in leadership and management roles with intramural and community athletic programs, university or college sports programs, and amateur and professional athletic leagues. With exposure to case studies, discussions and research from our classes, you will be well equipped to undertake planning, coordinating, marketing, budgeting in fields related to sports and recreation.

The United States Bureau of Labor Standards in its Occupational Employment Projections to 2012 provides information on projected growth in occupational groups. Depending on the specific area of interest, the growth and the requirements for employment vary. The following provides some basic information.

Recreation workers employed in administrative positions in large organizations or in the public sector may need at least a bachelor’s degree. For supervisory positions in recreation-related disciplines, an associate’s degree in parks and recreation, or other human resources areas is frequently required. Growth is expected to be faster than average for the period until 2018, with a projected growth to be approximately 15%.

The 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the average salary for an agent or business manager of artists, performers and athletes is $63,370. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. Sports-related jobs are expected to increase 23% for the decade ending in 2018, a much larger increase than the average for other employment sectors, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics* (BLS).

Head coaches in most school systems and sports instructors generally have a bachelor’s degree, specifically those related to coaching, exercise and sports science, nutrition and wellness, and kinesiology. There is a faster than average expected growth in the areas of amateur and professional athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers.

More fitness workers are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to health and fitness. In order to advance to a management position in a health club or fitness center, a bachelor’s degree plus experience is expected. There is a faster than average projected job growth.

Information from the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2014 edition
Occupation Employment 2012 Employment 2022 Projected Growth
Athletes and Sports Competitors 14,900 15,900 7%
Athletic Trainers 22,900 27,800 21%
Coaches and Scouts 243,900 280,100 11%
Exercise Physiologists 6,000 6,500 9%
Fitness Trainer and Aerobics Instructors 267,000 300,500 13%
Recreation Workers 345,400 394,400 14%
Umpires, Referees, Other Sports Officials 17,500 18,800 8%

 

Sample job titles:

  • Athletic Director
  • Marketing Manager
  • Fitness club manager
  • Sports equipment salesperson
  • Facilities coordinator
  • Team owner
  • Sports agency representative
  • Recreation center manager
  • Golf course manager
  • Park superintendent
  • Tournament director
  • Compliance officer
  • General manager
  • Associate director of marketing
  • Assistant director of facilities
  • Director of youth sports
  • Media relations director
  • Advertising sales representative
  • Guest service manager
  • Vice president of finance/accounting
  • Ticket manager
  • Special event promotions manager
  • Tournament planner
  • Sports information director
  • Customer relations director
  • Sports Networker

Internship & Job Opportunities:

All BASA students should follow the steps listed below in order to see the latest job opportunities and internships available in the Sports Administration field.

  1. Login to webcampus
  2. Click on FDU Community tab on the top
  3. Inside My Organization box click “Master_of_Sports_Administration”
  4. Under Discussion Board is list of current internship posts and job opportunities

Career Development Resources at FDU

Fairleigh Dickinson University has many valuable resources for students to enhance their knowledge and stay on track in their search for career opportunities.

Services to students include:

  • Assessment Testing
  • Career Advising
  • Career Exploration
  • Career Fairs
  • Workshops
  • Career Resource Room
  • Co-op and Internship Opportunities
  • On-Campus Recruiting
  • Online Job Search Website

Career Development Centers

Campus-Specific Information and services:

FDU Alumni Career Services