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27-2021.00 - Athletes and Sports Competitors

Compete in athletic events.

Sample of reported job titles: Baseball Pitcher, Baseball Player, Basketball Player, Football Player, Golf Professional, Hockey Player, Major League Baseball Player, Minor League Baseball Player, Professional Athlete, Professional Golf Tournament Player

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Attend scheduled practice or training sessions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Participate in athletic events or competitive sports, according to established rules and regulations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Exercise or practice under the direction of athletic trainers or professional coaches to develop skills, improve physical condition, or prepare for competitions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain equipment used in a particular sport. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain optimum physical fitness levels by training regularly, following nutrition plans, or consulting with health professionals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess performance following athletic competition, identifying strengths and weaknesses and making adjustments to improve future performance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Receive instructions from coaches and other sports staff prior to events, and discuss their performance afterwards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Represent teams or professional sports clubs, performing such activities as meeting with members of the media, making speeches, or participating in charity events. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lead teams by serving as captain. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Archery arrows — Target shooting arrows See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Archery bows — Precision archery bows See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Archery targets — Portable archery targets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Badminton rackets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Baseball bats — Metal baseball bats; Wooden baseball bats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Baseball gloves — Baseball catching gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Basketballs — Regulation basketballs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Batons — Relay race batons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bowling equipment — Bowling balls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Boxing gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bridles — Horse bridles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cross trainers — Elliptical trainers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Discus — Throwing discus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diving boards — Diving platforms; Spring diving boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dumbbells — Fitness dumbbells See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Environmental test chamber — Cyclical variations in adaptive conditioning CVAC pods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Exercise balls — Stability balls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fencing sword or foil — Fencing foils See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Field hockey sticks — Regulation field hockey sticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Football blocking sleds — Football training sleds See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Football tackling dummies — Football training dummies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Footballs — Regulation footballs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Golf clubs — Golf drivers; Golf putters; Golf wedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gymnastic bars or beams — Balance beams; Parallel bars; Uneven bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gymnastic pommel horse — Pommel horses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gymnastic ropes or rings or climbing accessories — Gymnastics grips; Gymnastics rings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gymnastic trampolines — Gymnastics trampolines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gymnastic vault springboard or beatboard — Vaulting springboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gymnastic vaulting equipment — Gymnastics vaults See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heavy truck tires — Tractor tires See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hockey sticks — Ice hockey sticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hurdles — Track and field hurdles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ice skates — Figure skates; Ice hockey skates; Speed skates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Javelins — Competition javelins See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lacrosse sticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lower body resistance machines — Lower body weight machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medicine ball — Fitness balls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mountain bicycles — Mountain bikes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Physiological recorders — Motion analysis equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pool cues See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Weighlifting analysis equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Racing bicycles — Bicycle motocross BMX bikes; Road bikes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Recreational sailboats — Competition sailboats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reins — Horse reins See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Resistive exercise bands or putty or tubing or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy — Therapeutic exercise bands See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Roller skates or roller blades — In-line skates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Row boat — Sculling boats; Sweep-oar boats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rowing machines — Row machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saddles — Riding saddles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sandbags or sandbag sets for rehabilitation or therapy — Therapeutic sandbags See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shotputs — Competition shot puts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skateboard — Competition skateboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skis — Cross-country skis; Downhill skis See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Snowboards — Competition snowboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soccer balls — Regulation soccer balls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Softball bats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stair climbers — Power stairclimbers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Starting block — Race starting blocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stationary bicycles — Exercise bicycles; Recumbent exercise bicycles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surfboards — Competition surfboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Swim goggles or swim fins — Swimming goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Table tennis paddles — Ping-pong paddles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tennis racquets — Tennis rackets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Throwing hammer — Hammer throws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Training weight — Weight plates; Weighted vests See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Treadmills — Fitness treadmills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Upper body resistance machines — Core strengthening wheels; Upper body ergometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vaulting poles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Volleyballs — Regulation volleyballs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water skis or accessories — Competition water skis See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Weight benches or racks — Glute-ham benches; Squat benches; Squat racks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Whips — Dressage whips; Riding crops See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Motion analysis software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Instant messaging software — Twitter See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Video creation and editing software — YouTube * See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Web page creation and editing software — Facebook * See more occupations related to this technology.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge

  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Practice athletic or artistic skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Promote products, activities, or organizations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Participate in athletic events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coach others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate skills of athletes or performers. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Contact With Others — 97% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 77% responded “Extremely competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 76% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 65% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 71% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 56% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 65% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 39% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 47% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 47% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — 29% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 59% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 35% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Physically Aggressive People — 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 55% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 36% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 36% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 24% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 34% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 32% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 30% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 80% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 46% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 44% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 38% responded “Not important at all.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
81   Less than high school diploma
18   High school diploma or equivalent Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RE

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $43,350 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 15,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 5,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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