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Athletes and Sports Competitors

Compete in athletic events.   (O'Net 27-2021.00)

 
Reported job titles:   All Terrain Vehicle Racer (ATV Racer), Archer, Auto Racer, Automobile Racer, Ball Player, Barrel Racer, Baseball Pitcher, Baseball Player, Basketball Player, Bass Fisher, Bicycle Racer, Bicyclist, Billiard Player, BMX Rider (Bicycle Motocross Rider), Bodybuilder, Bowler, Boxer, Bug Worker, Bull Rider, Cage Fighter, Car Racer, College Athlete, Competitive Athlete, Competitor, Cyberathlete, Cyclist, Dirt Bike Racer, Diver, Drag Car Racer, Equestrian, Exerciser, Figure Skater, Football Player, Gamer, Golf Professional, Golf Tournament Consultant, Golfer, Hockey Player, Horse Racer, Horseman, House Player, Ice Skater, Jai Alai Player, Jockey, Karate Black Belt, Kick Boxer, Lacrosse Player, Major League Baseball Player, Minor League Baseball Player, MMA Fighter (Mixed Martial Arts Fighter), Motocross Racer, Motorcycle Racer, Motorcyclist, NASCAR Driver (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Driver), NASCAR Racer (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Racer), NBA Player (National Basketball Association Player), NFL Player (National Football League Player), Oarsman, Pitcher, Pool Player, Powerbuilder, Prize Fighter, Professional Athlete, Professional Bass Fisher, Professional Bass Fisherman, Professional Caster, Professional Fighter, Professional Golf Tournament Player, Professional Poker Player, Professional Skateboarder, Professional Skater, Professional Soccer Player, Professional Volleyball Player, Professional Wrestler, Pugilist, Race Car Driver, Racecar Driver, Racing Car Driver, Rodeo Performer, Roller Skater, Rower, Show Horse Driver, Skate Boarder, Skater, Skier, Sky Diver, Skydiver, Snowboarder, Soccer Player, Softball Player, Stock Car Driver, Sulky Driver, Sumo Wrestler, Surfer, Swimmer, Tennis Player, Tennis Professional, Volleyball Player, Wrestler, WWE Wrestler (World Wrestling Entertainment Wrestler)
 
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    Employment Trends
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    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries 62.1%
    Amusement, gambling, and recreation industries 21.0%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 12.3%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 1.5%
    Accommodation 0.5%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Attend scheduled practice or training sessions.
     
  • Participate in athletic events or competitive sports, according to established rules and regulations.
     
  • Exercise or practice under the direction of athletic trainers or professional coaches to develop skills, improve physical condition, or prepare for competitions.
     
  • Maintain equipment used in a particular sport.
     
  • Maintain optimum physical fitness levels by training regularly, following nutrition plans, or consulting with health professionals.
     
  • Assess performance following athletic competition, identifying strengths and weaknesses and making adjustments to improve future performance.
     
  • Receive instructions from coaches and other sports staff prior to events, and discuss their performance afterwards.
     
  • Represent teams or professional sports clubs, performing such activities as meeting with members of the media, making speeches, or participating in charity events.
     
  • Lead teams by serving as captain.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Athletes and Sports Competitors  updated June 2007
     


    Knowledge
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
     
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Athletes and Sports Competitors  updated June 2007
     


    Skills
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Athletes and Sports Competitors  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
     
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Athletes and Sports Competitors  updated June 2007
     


    Work Activities
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  • Developing and Building Teams - Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Coaching and Developing Others - Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
     
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public - Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
     
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others - Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others - Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Athletes and Sports Competitors  updated June 2007
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Athletes and Sports Competitors  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Athletes and Sports Competitors  updated June 2007
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Boxer, Professional Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Boxing Control Board
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Athletes and Sports Competitors  updated June 2007
     


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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Athletes and Sports Competitors 
     

     
     
     
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