College Sports Job Requirements – Degrees, Training, Experience

All the structures and sizes of college athletic departments offer a variety of job types, duties, responsibilities, challenges and opportunities.

Here’s a sampling of the kinds of jobs open to you in colleges and universities, beginning with those requiring specific education and/or experience. In recruiting for these types of jobs, a specific college may consider these requirements as basic, minimal, typical or in some cases, even a desire that they are not set on.

In particular, many positions such as an Athletic Trainer, Head Coach or Athletic Department Director may be open to you with a Bachelor’s Degree – but in reality, these positions at most schools will go to a candidate with a Master of Athletic Administration or similar degree.

Job Type

Education Required

Experience Required

Athletic Trainer (college)

Master’s Degree

License, Registration or Certification

Coach (college)

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree

Coaching or athlete

Assistant Coach (community college)

Bachelor’s Degree

Relating with college students

Associate Director (university)

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree

Academic Support Experience

Athletic Director
(college or university)

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree

P.E. Teaching, Coaching

Physical Ed. Instructor
(college)

Bachelor’s Degree

Teaching, coaching or sports

Coordinator, Marketing/Promotions
(university)

Bachelor’s Degree

1 year, college promotions work

Athletic Program Development Director
(college)

Bachelor’s Degree

Fund-raising experience

Coordinator, Learning Specialist
(university)

Master’s Degree

Division I Academic Support exp.

Sports Information Director
(college or university)

Bachelor’s Degree

Writing, public relations, media experience

 

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