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Leaving the Field: Alternate Paths in Sports

By Laura Gordon

The sports industry is all about people skills, and being able to relate to athletes and clients, as well as the masses, are all useful skills that can take you almost anywhere you want to go.

Here are the paths that professionals in the sports industry most commonly take when they leave the field.


Many coaches, at some point in their careers, turn to new jobs in education; some even teach in addition to coaching. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand this one - coaching involves watching your athletes grow and develop as they learn about the game and gain self-confidence, just like teaching. Though many of the credentials and skills necessary for coaching jobs carry over into the education industry, some additional certification-which varies from state to state-is necessary for the switch.



When it's your job to make sure your product is emblazoned on as many pieces of athletic paraphernalia as is humanly possible , it wouldn't be much of a stretch to do the same with other products. Many people working in advertising or marketing will switch companies many times over the course of their careers, regardless of their association with a specific industry. The same goes for other jobs in public relations.



Most sports agents have law degrees, and as such, their job title is basically a fancy name for "personal hard-hitting attorney." Thus, a career in law would be an easy fall-back. In addition, many sports agents work for umbrella agencies that handle all sorts of clients, including those in other entertainment industries; similar opportunities are available in those arenas.

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