Athletes & Sports Competitors
Also called: Baseball Player, Golf Professional, Hockey Player, Race Car Driver
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Do you dream about a future as a professional athlete? While few people make a living from athletics- dedication to your sport, and outstanding athletic ability, can take you into the big leagues. Athletes and sports competitors carry out game or competition strategies while following the rules and regulations of their sport. They compete in team sports, such as football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer, and individual sports, such as tennis, running, golf, and skiing. They may compete regionally, nationally, or internationally. Athletes train year-round, practicing skills and improving teamwork under the direction of coaches, sports instructors, and athletic trainers. They review video recordings to critique and improve their own performance and analyze their opponents' strategies. Personal qualities that are helpful to athletes include resilience, initiative, self-discipline, and confidence. Sporting events may expose competitors to harsh weather conditions, physical and mental stress, and the risk of injuries... particularly in contact sports. Athletes can expect to work some evenings, weekends, and holidays, and usually need to travel to compete. There are no education requirements for this career, but athletes usually develop skills by participating in sports in high school, college, or on club teams. Some sports and localities require athletes to be licensed or certified to practice. Public appearances, diet and exercise restrictions, rigorous physical training, and study to improve- are all part of the life of a professional athlete.
What they do:Compete in athletic events.
On the job, you would:
- Assess performance following athletic competition, identifying strengths and weaknesses and making adjustments to improve future performance.
- Maintain equipment used in a particular sport.
- Attend scheduled practice or training sessions.
- customer service
Arts and Humanities
- English language
Education and Training
- teaching and course design
- talking to others
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- changing what is done based on other people's actions
- understanding people's reactions
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
- lift, push, pull, or carry
- exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired
- listen and understand what people say
- communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
- notice when problems happen
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Attention to Detail
- Stress Tolerance
- Self Control
You might use software like this on the job:
Electronic mail software
- Email software
Graphics or photo imaging software