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Careers in Sports

A career in the sports industry is exciting, compelling and diverse. Ohio State students with a Sports Management degree are prepared to thrive in it. Learn about the actual career paths our students have taken with their degrees.

Find out more about degree programs in sports.

Student jobs and internships

  • 102.1FM/1490AM – Social Media, On-Air Intern
  • 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games – Venue Systems Manager
  • Champs Sports/Capital One Bowl – Lot Manager
  • Chiller Ice Rinks – Coach, CBJ Kiosk Staffer
  • Cleveland Browns – Athletic Training, Community Relations
  • Cleveland Cavaliers – Community Relations
  • Columbus Blue Jackets – Game Operations, Marketing, Sales, Ticket Operations
  • Columbus Clippers – Front Office, Grounds, Gameday Operations, Promotions
  • Columbus Crew – Grounds, Marketing, Promotions, Stadium Operations, Ticket Sales
  • Hoops 4 Hope: South Africa – Public Relations
  • Kane County Cougars Baseball – General Intern
  • Licking County Settlers – Gameday Operations
  • Madison Square Garden – Public Relations
  • NBA – Community and Player Programs
  • New York Rangers – Public Relations
  • Ohio High School Athletic Assoc – Official
  • Ohio Machine – Ticket Sales
  • Ohio State Athletics – Communications, Compliance, Development, Fan Experience, IMG Sports Marketing, Operations, Promotions, Sports Camps, Ticket Sales and Operations, Tutor, Various Club and Varsity Sports
  • Ohio State Recreational Sports – Crew Chief, Facilities, Membership, Supervisor, Official, Office Assistant
  • Skyhawks Sports Academy – Camp Director
  • Sports Time Ohio – Production Intern
  • The 2nd & Seven Foundation – Intern
  • TrueSports, Inc. – Media and Promo Assistant
  • Various AAU, Club Sports, Parks and Rec – Coach, Admin Assistant, Facilities Manager, Instructor, Official, Program Coordinator, Personal Trainer
  • Various Golf and Country Clubs – Grounds, Clubhouse, Member Services
  • Various High Schools – Assistant Coach
  • Walt Disney World – Recreation Intern

Employment within one year

  • Akron Aeros – Ticket Sales Associate
  • Alpha Xi Delta – Educ Leadership Consultant
  • Bakersfield Jam – Basketball Operations Intern
  • Cleveland Browns – Account Executive
  • Cleveland Cavaliers – Account Executive
  • Cleveland Gladiators – Account Executive
  • Columbus Clippers – Assistant Clubhouse Manager
  • Columbus Crew – Stadium Operations
  • Delmarva Shorebirds – Ticket Office Manager
  • Kinsale Golf & Fitness – Player Services
  • Lakeshore Sports Club – Membership Director
  • Miami Dolphins/Sun Stadium – Partnership Assistant
  • NFL Players Assoc. – Player Marketing Assistant
  • Nike – Event Manager at NTC Lincoln Park
  • Ohio Machine – Account Exec, Ticket Sales Manager
  • The Ohio State University – Career Outreach Assistant
  • Ohio State Athletics – Event Coord, Ticket Sales
  • Ohio State Mansfield – Director of Athletics and Recreation
  • Philadelphia Flyers – Marketing Intern
  • Speedweek, Daytona Speedway – Lot Manager
  • Super Bowls XLIV & XLV – Scheduling and Reconciliation Manager
  • Univ of Wisconsin Athletics – Event Manager
  • Various School and Club Sports – Coach

Professional positions: 3-5 years post-graduation

  • Detroit Tigers – Account Executive
  • Healthcare Regional Marketing – Marketing Associate
  • KaBOOM! – Coordinator of Philanthropy
  • Nationwide Financial – Financial Services Representative
  • NetJets – Owner Services Account Manager
  • Road Runner Sports – Associate
  • SBC Advertising – Traffic Manager
  • Univ of Illinois at Chicago – Assoc Director, Facilities
  • YMCA – Youth Sports and Camps Coordinator

Professions other than sport industry

  • Banking – Branch Management, Loan Officer, Mortgage Processor
  • Business to Business Sales
  • Business Relations Manager
  • Event Coordinator
  • Food Service, Restaurant Management
  • Grants and Contracts Writer
  • Publications Sales and Service
  • Retail Management
  • Travel Agent

Professions with an advanced degree

  • Auburn University – Athletics Development Officer
  • Columbus Crew – Partnership Marketing Coordinator
  • Eaton – Human Resources Specialist
  • LA Sparks – Marketing and Sponsorship Manager
  • New York Mets – Human Resources Representative
  • Ohio State Athletics – Assistant Director of Event Management
  • Paine College – Sports Information Director
  • Philadelphia 76’ers – Sales Associate
  • Rogue Fitness – International Business Development
  • SBC Advertising – Project Manager/Account Executive
  • Univ South Carolina – Experiential Education Coordinator
  • Various Parks & Rec – Supervisor, Manager
  • Youngstown Phantoms – Media Relations, Broadcaster

Graduate schools attended by Sport Industry majors

  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Kent State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • The Ohio State University – EHE Sports Management, Fisher
  • Temple University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia

Pay, job outlook and work environment

Data for the following professional area is available at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

A Sport Industry degree develops skills that transfer to other professions, including:

Activities to enhance your hiring potential

  • Build a LinkedIn profile to 100 percent
  • Coach a youth sports team
  • Participate in a professional association and read career periodicals
  • Lead or plan a successful event for a related student organization
  • Minor in business, human nutrition, communications, behavioral or social sciences, public policy
  • Intern or work at a sports organization, theme park, camp, or recreational facility
  • Blog or write about fitness or sports
  • Volunteer