Career Pathways

Applied Sport Scientist

Sport scientists can work in various settings, including collegiate athletics, professional or Olympic sport, and the Department of Defense. These individuals apply their background in athlete monitoring / performance assessment, their understanding of the overall training process and the ability to communicate with other members of the sport performance enhancement team (coaches, strength coaches, athletic trainer, etc.). In addition to being a full time sport scientist developing coaches and strength coaches may be interested in increasing their sport science knowledge / abilities due to the rapidly increasing sport science expectation for these professionals. For example, at many major D1 universities strength and conditioning coaches lead athlete monitoring programs utilizing various laboratory and field based measures.

Equipment/Facilities Manager

Sport equipment and facilities managers provide critical support to collegiate and professional athletic programs. Typically, equipment managers are responsible for maintaining, procuring, coordinating travel of and managing the inventory of all gear and equipment for all practices and games. Facilities managers wear many hats while overseeing the coordination of athletic facilities for games and practices, which involves extensive schedule management, effective communication skills, and proper planning.

Recreation/Sports Director

Recreation directors work in a variety of settings, including community organizations, local parks and recreation departments, campus recreation (colleges/universities), federal and state prisons and in corporate settings. These individuals oversee, organize, and direct the operations of fitness and/or sport programming, which can involve planning activities, schedule management, publicity and event promotion, budget management, and/or personnel management. 

Scouting and Videography

Individuals with a coaching background are also well-prepared for a career in scouting and/or videography.  Sport videographers are responsible for coordinating all aspects of video efforts for athletic programs (usually in collegiate or professional settings), including day-to-day video operations for practices and games, maintaining internal video networks, contributing to film breakdown, assisting with instant replay, and producing highlight films. Scouts (professional athletics) and recruitment staff (collegiate athletics) specialize in managing player personnel.

Sport Coach

A sport coach is involved in the direction, instruction and training of a sports team or of individual athletes. Sport coaches may be employed by colleges/universities, community organizations (YMCA, Special Olympics, local parks and recreation departments) or private companies (UK Elite, D1 Training, Orange Theory, F45, etc.). Alternatively, sport coaches are found in private practice working with master level athletes, as well as working with individual or small groups of athletes on the development of specific skills through skill clinics or training sessions. 

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Strength and conditioning coaches design and implement strength and conditioning programs for athletes of all levels. Strength and conditioning coaches are charged with improving athletic performance, reducing athletic injuries and instilling a sense of lifelong fitness in their athletes. These individuals can work in a variety of settings, including private sport organizations and fitness clubs, as well as high school, collegiate and professional athletics.