Athletic Administration Programs
If you’re passionate about sports and have a keen interest in leadership and management, earning a degree in athletic administration might be an option worth considering. Many schools now offer athletic administration programs at all education levels. You can earn an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and even a doctorate degree in this field. Through a highly-interactive and educational environment, you’ll learn the skills necessary to work as an athletic director or athletic administrator.
My Degree and What It’s Good For
Your education level will determine your career prospects. For example, if you’re just starting out, an associate’s or bachelor’s degree will qualify you for entry-level employment in the field. If you’re ready to pursue your master’s or a Ph.D., you’ll be a top contender for high-level management and administrative positions at colleges and universities, national sports organization, and sports management firms.
Depending on the program you choose, you’ll likely complete a series of coursework that covers such topics as:
- Administration of Athletic Programs
- Exercise and Sport Science
- Event Management
- Sports Governance
- Structural Organization Strategies
My Earning Potential
The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide specific salary data for athletic administrators and managers. However, sports agents and business managers earned a mean annual wage of $92,250 in May 2011, while coaches and scouts earned between $22,000 and $39,000. Some agents and coaches earn a degree in athletic administration, depending on their career and education goals.