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Career in Sports

Career in sports is the most lucrative options in India. Game is no longer just a game.  In the last few years, it has become a major industry and business. Although cricket is considered second to none in India, in terms of its popularity, there still exist people who have developed inclination towards other forms of sports as well, predominantly football and hockey. The tremendous success in the recent Common wealth Games and other major international sporting events, some unconventional games like wrestling, shooting, lawn tennis and badminton have made sports as one of the chosen career options in India.

 Career Prospectus
The Sports Authority of India has been constituted at the National level to encourage and develop budding talents in sports. SAI has State level branches to conduct a variety of schemes intended to promote sportsmen.  There are a number of career options available in the sports industry.

The following are important areas of careers in sports-

Consultants (Sports Medicine)
The current awareness about health and fitness has created a need for experts who can advise individuals about their health needs and suggest a personalised fitness programme taking into account lifestyle, time constraints and other relevant factors. 
This professional may be employed in an advisory capacity by leading health clubs, Hospitals and rehabilitation centres also utilise the services of such specialists to provide sound advice on the best course of action for patients who need structured physical activity. 

Sports Teachers
In order to popularize sports, all schools are hiring sports teachers. Moreover, specialized courses are also being run to prepare such experts. Earlier, there used to be only one sports teacher, but now experts are being sought. So, a future as a sports teacher could be a lucrative option as in the coming years their demand is likely to increase even more.

 

Sports Photographer
You can choose a career as a Sports Photographer besides having an aesthetic sense, an sports photographer should have through knowledge about the sports. Sports photographers are always in demand, mainly when major sports events are held.


Fitness Experts
Sports personnel are hired as coaches in health clubs and fitness centres.They can also become sports psychiatrists, sports psychotherapists, officers and stadium managers.

 

Sports Coach
To get into coaching, you can start off gaining experience in a club or school environment. This way your skills can develop as your team develops, and over time you can learn and grow your own style of coaching. You can also join coaching courses to get firsthand experience.

Sports Journalist
Sports journalists report sporting news to the public, working for a newspaper or magazine, radio, television or online. Their job involve watching and reporting on sporting events and researching information. To become the sports journalist most journalist follow the path of university degree in journalism but you can get into this career through your  exceptional skill and  writing experience.

Sports Administrator
The  job of sport administrator is to  manag school, college, professional, and organizational programs.  Sports administrators are involved in managing and promoting sporting clubs, fitness centers and sports facilities, marketing sports programs, in sales for sporting goods manufacturers, and as athletic directors. The skills required to become a sports administrator include a strong interest in sport and recreation, good communication and interpersonal skills and a sound business ability.  Many career paths in sports administration will require a university degree in business or marketing.

Manufacturing Sports Equipment
This is a very specialized field and has new products aimed at enhancing the innate abilities of sportspersons and enabling them to do their best. 
Big sporting events like the Olympics, Asian, and Commonwealth games regularly showcase such innovative equipment, of which many go on to become standard equipment. Sports goods and equipment has an increasing market. So specialists are engaged to help in market research and development.

Course Details
A number of institutes in India provide training in sports. Aspirants with amazing sporting abilities can join these institutes, after completing their 10+2 level. There are some curses-

  • Bachelor of Physical Education (B.P.Ed.) 
  • Master of Physical Education (M.P.Ed.) 
  • B.Sc. Physical Education, Health Education & Sports
  • Master of Physical Education & Sports (M.P.E.S.)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Physical Education & Sports (P.G.D.P.Ed.)
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