Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 27-2021 Athletes and Sports Competitors
Compete in athletic events.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: 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.
Tasks: Attend scheduled practice or training sessions. Participate in athletic events or competitive sports, according to established rules and regulations. Exercise or practice under the direction of athletic trainers or professional coaches to develop skills, improve physical condition, or prepare for competitions. Maintain equipment used in a particular sport. Maintain optimum physical fitness levels by training regularly, following nutrition plans, or consulting with health professionals. Assess performance following athletic competition, identifying strengths and weaknesses and making adjustments to improve future performance. Receive instructions from coaches and other sports staff prior to events, and discuss their performance afterwards. Represent teams or professional sports clubs, performing such activities as meeting with members of the media, making speeches, or participating in charity events.
License: License not required.
Outlook: No Change
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