The Business Administration Major with a concentration in Sport Management at NHTI provides academic preparation in the skills and techniques required to be successful in the Sport Business and Leisure fields. Careers in sport management are similar to other careers in management and are specifically geared to the world of sports. Behind the players and games, there are a variety of business functions needed to ensure the games continue. As in all businesses, accountants, marketing and advertising managers, sales staff, operations managers and other administrative managers help to organize and operate sports organizations and events.
Visit NHTI’s Sports Management Department for information on degree and course offerings.
- Career Paths for This Major
- Skills Developed Through This Major
- Sample Career Titles With This Degree
- Sample Employers
- NHTI Sports Management Alumni – Sampling of Job Titles and Employers
- Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers
- How to Increase Employability
- Professional Association Links
- Employment and Internship Links
Graduates of the Sports Management program have varied work options that depend upon one’s specific interests, abilities, work values, and hands on experience in the field. Depending on individual interests, students can concentrate on a variety of sports administration functions and environments such as professional teams or collegiate athletic departments, sport facilities and event management, sport marketing, sales, promotion, or advertising, sports information, media, or communications, State and county sports commissions, athletic leagues and more. Because this program provides a broad business management foundation, many students also position themselves for non-sports opportunities as well. Over half of NHTI’s Sports Management graduates transfer on to baccalaureate institutions to further enhance their career possibilities.
- Plan and direct athletic events & activities
- Organize various components of event management
- Managing ticket sales and box office operations
- Performing game-day actions including set-up and break-down of seating, parking
- Selling sponsorships, advertisements, corporate hospitality venues
- Overseeing/directing volunteers for sporting events
- Directing media relations & communications/ press releases/ scheduling player interviews/ game programs
- Directing concessions sales/merchandising/parking/other ancillary services
- Creating/implementing game-day marketing and promotional activities
- Coordinating player/guest relations services
These titles include positions that you qualify for with this associate’s degree as well as those that require a bachelor’s degree and beyond.
Professional Teams/Front Offices Professional Leagues and Associations Sport Marketing Firms Event Management Groups Sporting Goods Stores Sports Academies/Camps/Resorts Sport Media Outlets College & University Athletic Departments Athletic Conferences United States Olympic Committee Athlete Management Firms Sport Facilities (Arenas, Stadiums, Ballparks) Health Clubs/Fitness Centers Golf Courses Local Sport and Tourism Corporations
There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing. Use the link(s) below to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’. Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.
- Sports Management Career Overview (from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education)
- To help you explore the nature of your interests in sports/sports management, try this sports career interest assessment: http://personal.bgsu.edu/~jparks/ExSport/index.html
Additional sources of information for this major include:
- NHTI Faculty, Academic Advisors, and Sports Management Department resources.
- Professionals who are working in the field
- Professional Associations (see below)
- Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
- Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship positions related to your targeted field.
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations. You can use the links below to do career research and to connect with local association members. You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member.
See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).