Only select people who imagine becoming a professional athlete, coach, or official will actually be employed full-time by a professional sports organization. Chances of becoming a full-time professional athlete are poor, however, there can be several job opportunities as an umpire, referee, instructor, or coach within an amateur athletics organization including university sports, college, or high school for example. Typically there are no education requirements to become a coach, but many have a bachelor's degree as a means for proven experience and education. Many high school and sports instructor employees may have to become a part time worker in order to get hired considering many public school districts are going through funding issues.
Programs related to Sports & Recreation degrees include nutrition and fitness, kinesiology, physiology, sports and exercise science, sports medicine, and physical education. Basic entry-level positions for instructors or coaches can only require experience from previous participation in the activity or sport.