Sports and Fitness Administration Career Outlook
The Sports and Fitness Administration Program prepares individuals to apply business, financial and physical education principles to the organization, administration and management of athletic programs, athletic teams, fitness/rehabilitation facilities, health clubs, sports recreation services and other related services. It includes instruction in program planning and development; business and financial management principles; sales, marketing and recruitment; event promotion, scheduling and management; facilities management; and psychological and social issues surrounding professions related to the program.
Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with a sports and fitness administration major can develop, as well as the potential positions and areas a student may enter and the type of employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
As a sports and fitness administration major, students may develop or advance skills including analytical thinking, problem resolution, communication, collaboration, instructing, monitoring, service orientation, evidence-based research and scientific writing.
Graduates with a degree in sports fitness and administration can work as recreation managers, health and wellness directors, athletic directors, personal trainers, sports performance coaches, strength and conditioning coaches and sports facility owners/managers.
Graduates with a degree in sports and fitness administration can work within the following areas: amateur athletics, coaching/recruiting, compliance, sports information, facility management, equipment management, ticket sales, public relations, sponsorship sales, fundraising/development, event management, player development, stadium operations, sports merchandising, product representation, travel/event planning and journalism.
Graduates with a degree in sports and fitness administration can work for colleges and universities, sports teams, state/sport governing bodies, Olympic committees, Special Olympics, sports camps, convention/visitor bureaus, parks and recreation facilities/departments, players' associations, sports marketing firms, retail stores, equipment suppliers, fitness centers/health spas, TV/radio stations and newspapers/magazines.
Use the employment opportunity resources below to kickstart your pre-professional or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student organization to join and network with individuals in your major and field. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
- Anytime Fitness
- Athletico Physical Therapy
- ATI Physical Therapy
- Boys and Girls Clubs of America
- Charter Fitness
- Chicago Fire Soccer
- Chicago Park District
- Illinois Parks and Recreation Association
- Joliet Slammers
- Kane County Cougars
- Kids First Sports Safety
- LA Fitness
- Oak Lawn Park District
- Orland Park Recreation Department
- Palos Heights Park District
- Planet Fitness
- Teamwork Online
- Tinley Park District
- Wilson Sporting Goods
- Windy City Thunderbolts
- Work In Sports
- XSport Fitness
- Association for Women in Sport Media
- National High School Coaches Association
- National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association
- National Recreation and Parks Association
- National Sports Marketing Network
- North American Society for Sport Management
- Society of Health and Physical Educatorsâ€¯
- Sport Marketing Association
- Sports Fitness and Industry Association
- Exercise Science and Sports and Fitness Administration Club at SXU