Popular Sports Careers and Their Salaries

With the love of sports in this country, Sports Management careers are one of the most sought after jobs in the world today.

Sports Management professionals have been on the rise and sports has always been a rewarding industry.

Jobs that have been on the rise in Sports Management include:

  • Equipment Managers
  • Food Service Managers
  • Public Relations Coordinator
  • Winter Sports Managers


Equipment managers are a very popular job in Sports Management.  As an equipment manager your responsibilities include keeping track of everything that has to do with sports equipment.

In addition, Equipment Managers do business with:

  • Athletic Vendors
  • Maintaining Equipment Budgets
  • Tracking Sports Equipment

The basic requirement to be an Equipment Manager is a Bachelor’s degree in business administration or Sports Management.

There are various different businesses that use Equipment Managers including:

  • Academic Institutions (High Schools and Colleges)
  • Health Resorts
  • Hotels
  • Professional Sports Teams (including minor leagues)

The average annual starting salary of an Equipment Manager is between $50,000 and $60,000.


Whether it is a collegiate or professional team, either one has a sports stadium or field that they play their home games in and with every stadium, there are concessions, because one thing that sports fans love to do when they attend games is to eat and drink.   

The Food Service Manager’s job is to supervise all food activities of the stadium including:

  • Establish all Food Policies
  • Supervise all Facility Employees
  • Supervise all Food Concession Workers

A Food Service Manager requires at least a Bachelor’s degree in food management, Sports Management or business administration.

The average annual starting salary of a Food Service Manager is between $65,000 and $70,000.


One of the most challenging jobs in sports management is the Public Relations Coordinator.

This position requires long and irregular hours including holidays and weekends.

Regardless of the long hours, the rewards from promoting the team’s image and increasing your network with all of the important people you meet are enormous.

It will increase your network and give you the connections you need to further your Sports Management career down the road.

Some of the job responsibilities of a Public Relations Coordinator include:

  • Assist with Media Relations
  • Organizing Public Appearances
  • Track Media Coverage
  • Work Closely with Ticket Department
  • Writing Press Releases

A Public Relations Coordinator requires a Bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations or Sports Management.

The average annual starting salary of a Public Relations Coordinator is between $55,000 and $65,000. There are also excellent perks including:

  • Free Tickets
  • Profit Sharing
  • Stock or Stock Options


One of the coolest jobs, literally, in Sports Management is a Winter Sports Manager.

Winter Sports Managers work at a winter hotel or ski resort, sometimes they even work for more then one resort at some of the most popular winter tourist destinations in the country.

Some of the job responsibilities of a Winter Sports Manager include:

  • Advises Management of Dates for Opening and Closing
  • Coordinates Activities of Resort Employees
  • Coordinates Activities of Staff
  • Directs sports program
  • Ensures that Skating Rink, Ski Slopes and Snowmobile Trails are suitable for use
  • Inventory all Supplies
  • Give Winter Sports Instruction to Guests
  • Keep Records of Current Weather Conditions
  • Orders Supplies, such as Skiing, Skating and Snowmobile Rental Gear
  • Schedules Snow Removal from Roads by Public Authorities

A Winter Sports Manager requires a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business or Sports Management.

The average annual starting salary of a Winter Sports Manager is between $65,000 and $75,000.

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