Reasons to Be Thankful to Be Working in Sports

Why work in sports?

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Working in an industry you're passionate about is fun. This doesn't mean that it's not also work, but the desire to learn and excel comes much more readily when you love the field you're employed in.

You might consider wading into team or venue management or marketing if you're crazy about sports—for several good reasons. You don't necessarily have to pick up a baseball bat or a hockey stick.

The Sports Industry Attracts Great Talent

A key to a long and successful career is working with great people, and the field of sports attracts those who have a shared passion. That’s not always the case in other industries.

Sports Is a Societal Connecting Point

One of the benefits of working in a field that other people are interested in is that you'll connect with people of all races, income levels, educational backgrounds, religions, and national origins. That kind of lifetime experience can lead to a more fulfilling career.

Your Friends Will Be Jealous

This might not be a good reason to choose a career or industry, but the fact that others will think your job is “cool” lends a certain cache to your chosen field.

The Sports Industry Keeps Growing

The business of sports has changed somewhat dramatically since 1990 or so. Imagine what it will look like by the mid-2000s.

This evolution in media, venues, and fan expectations provides ample opportunity to grow your career as the field evolves.

Technology Integration Is Connecting Fans

Other industries are taking advantage of technology and social media, too, but the passionate sports fans' thirst for ongoing interaction with their favorite teams, players, leagues, and sports isn't just increasing job opportunities at these entities. It further deepens the cultural and real-time connection for those working in all aspects of sports.

Firms in Other Industries Will Want to Hire You

Many people who work in sports do move on to other industries in pursuit of new experiences—maybe to work different hours or to gain additional skills. Leaders in other industries are often thrilled to hire former sports industry professionals because they tend to be smart, hard-working, and thrive in high-pressure situations.

These employees are often self-starters. They work well with others, and they have myriad other characteristics that keep them in demand. 

Don't neglect to include all these attributes and experiences on your resume.

And the Downside—Long Hours

A chief pain point for many working in the sports industry is the long hours it involves. Working nights, weekends, and even holidays is the norm.

But this can unify those have learned to manage their personal lives so "the show will go on." It alters lifestyles and family arrangements, but there's a certain camaraderie in knowing that you're not in this alone.

As America gathers around the television on Thanksgiving, remember that working in sports isn't the only occupation with unusual hours. Ask anyone in retail, healthcare, or hospitality. Be thankful that there's a demand for your services and a world out there that's hungry for sports products and programming. 

Potential Jobs in Sports

It's not just about standing beside a field with a clipboard in hand or heading out onto that field. Sports organizations need marketing experts to handle things from free ticket promotions to their social media presences. They need healthcare teams, office staff, and accounting staff. Taking a foot-in-the-door position can lead to bigger and better things in a highly competitive field.