who love athletics and competitive play, and who are naturally
gifted at basketball, football, baseball or other sport activity that they love, a career as a professional
athlete or possibly a coach or a trainer could be the perfect
way to turn sports
and athletics into a satisfying and possibly even lucrative
Professional athlete is without a doubt one of the most sought
after careers in the world. Popular sports and athletic pursuits
are often different from country to country, but the competition
is almost always high as athletes reach the professional or even Olympic level.
professional athletes usually have exhibited natural ability in teen
sports that they can later upon. The competition in professional sports
is often so fierce that those without natural ability, or those
who start to develop themselves later in life, won't have nearly
as good of a chance of reaching the professional level.
For those who
do show natural ability several skills - like dedication, self-motivation,
and raw desire - will be essential in attracting team scouts or
offers of college
sports scholarships. Professional athletes train a lot, typically hours
a day. Professional athletes also usually have coaches,
training staff, or mentors of some kind who push and help motivate
them to achieve their high skill level.
all it takes is one bad injury to ruin many professional athletes'
entire careers. So a backup plan is always a good idea whenever embarking on a sports career.
who achieve a high level of skill can go on to be trainers, coaches,
or some other kind of related industry work. That is, provided they have the necessary
credentials for these support jobs, which can include certification
in sports medicine or athletic training.
The job outlook for professional athletics will be good for the
foreseeable future, with industry growth expected to be higher
than the national average. Competition for jobs, however, will
still remain extremely high.
pay for professional athletes is just over $40,000 a year, but
anyone who has read the latest sports headlines knows that top
athletes "in the majors" or who earn Olympic gold can earn significantly more
in addition to lucrative endorsement deals.
trainers, and scouts, the average yearly earnings are about $27,000,
although that figure also varies widely depending on professional
experience and reputation.
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