You can earn an associate's degree from Northampton after four semesters of full-time study and enter the workforce at the entry level, however to be the most competitive job candidate possible, a bachelor's degree in the field is recommended.
To many undergrads, the idea of building a career in sports management sounds ideal. And certainly, the excitement of working in professional sports is undeniable. At the same time, there's heavy competition for the high-profile jobs, and for most grads just out of school, working in sports management means starting at the bottom. Here is just a sampling of careers that a bachelor's degree in the field can make you qualified for: Sports Partnerships Director, Sales Representative, Director of Sports Management, Community Relations Coordinator, Promotions & Graphic Design Manager, Executive Recruiter, Marketing & Business Operations team member.
Sports Medicine/Athletic Training
Graduates of the program can expect to find jobs as Certified Athletic Trainers, Personal Trainers, Health Fitness Instructors, Group Fitness Instructors, Exercise Physiologists, Exercise Specialists, or Weight Management Consultants. Athletic Trainers are employed in a variety of settings, from working with professional sports teams to also being employed at colleges and universities, hospitals, offices of other medical practitioners, gyms and fitness centers, and in the entertainment and recreation industries.
According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of athletic trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 24 percent by 2020, faster than the average for many occupations.