Want to Land a Dream Job in Sports? Add Math, Stats, & Tech to the Mix

AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® will host its first annual Diversity in Sports Career Fair for HBCU Graduates and Students

WASHINGTON—In her ebook “Getting the Call: How to Land Your Dream Job in Sports“, Lana Berry states people know all too well global sports and infotainment industries are one of the hardest and most competitive fields to break into. She asked over 100 people all over the sports world how they did it and what has helped them along the way, in order to better guide readers, athletes, candidates, and new job seekers.

No matter what kind of opportunity one may be looking for in sports, or even in any other field, there are interesting items for each reader to discover. The following lists a few take-aways:

  • Get actionable steps to get to where you want to go
  • Discover how they did it
  • Understand what helped them along the way
  • Explore what their day-to-day life is like in their current position
  • See what the most important and influential topics they may have read year to date.

The CAREER FAIR
Next month, on Friday morning, September 16, 2016 at 8:00 am, Events DC, The Shadow League, and the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic® will co-host the first annual Diversity in Sports Panel & Career Fair to support HBCU students and graduates interested in careers within the sports business industry. Meet executives and hiring managers from Under Armour, ESPN, Major League Baseball (MLB), and the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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The morning will kick-off with a featured interview between Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine, and Ms. Kerry Chandler, Chief Human Resources Officer of Under Armour.

Pre-Registration required ►  http://diversityinsportsforum.com/ 

BDPA Student Members attending this year’s career fair are encouraged to highlight recent courses and related experiences with Industry, outreach events, and BDPA programs. Demonstrate to potential employers how experiences are relevant and add value to sports organizations meeting or exceeding technical, marketing, and related STEM challenges across sports and entertainment industries.

Most of the top ten (10) trending jobs in sports reported by Forbes.com have significant “STEM” overtones.  A list of sports related careers for college graduate consideration, follow:

  • Physical Therapists—median annual salary $76,000 (science and tech)
  • Statisticians—median annual salary $73,000 (math and tech)
  • Sports Psychologists—median annual salary $69,000 (science and tech)
  • Sports Agents—median annual salary $65,000 (tech, business, and law)
  • Public Relations Managers—median annual salary $58,000 (tech and communications)
  • Advertising Account Executives—median annual salary $45,000 (business and tech)
  • Event Coordinators—median annual salary $45,000 (project management and tech)
  • Broadcaster—median annual salary $36,000 (communications and some tech)
  • Photojournalists—median annual salary $29,000 (art design, journalism, and tech)
  • Coach—median annual salary $28,000 (part-time and seasonal, business management)

Note:
Opportunities for application, systems, and gaming development also are on the table along with graphics designers and social media managers

Best advice:
Code once. $ell Many. Buy a team. Build a stadium. Wrap your brand around IT.

DATA and RESEARCH
A short vignette captured by bdpatoday  during CES 2015 , formerly the Consumer Electronics Show, for Popular Technology TV (PTTV), features new sports technology, gadgets, and services from HP and NASCAR, Microsoft and the NFL, Under Armour’s reveal of UA Record™, and FitBit. Our short video is available for viewing on PTTV’s playlist by selecting here.

Prior to attending this year’s career fair, review a few charts provided by Monster.com below which feature government data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) outlining trends in sports careers.

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Exclusive: National Basketball Players Association Announces First-Ever Tech Summit

NBA players’ union plays matchmaker with its athletes and Silicon Valley for more than beefing up portfolios

by KC Ifeanyi

NEW YORK, NY – The National Basketball Players Association announced today it will hold the inaugural NBPA Technology Summit from July 19-21 in San Francisco.

The NBPA Technology Summit will provide current and former NBA players with the following:

  • Educational content and presentations from executives of major media and technology companies;
  • Site visits to several media and technology companies in Silicon Valley;
  • Networking opportunities with senior executives and influencers;
  • Workshops designed to identify opportunities for players to pursue both during and after their NBA careers.

Among the participating companies are Andreessen Horowitz, Jawbone and SV Angel.

This three-day event in San Francisco that aims to integrate NBA players with tech and media companies for post-career opportunities beyond just backing them—a shift in thinking that’s found Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (top photo) as a model student.

Code Once. Sell Many.

The NBPA Technology Summit will incorporate site visits to media and tech companies, as well as lectures, presentations, and workshops from executives and influencers. Jawbone, Pinterest, Andreessen Horowitz, and SV Angel are just a few companies on deck to help NBA players find their place in Silicon Valley—and one place the NBPA feels is particularly apt for athletes is wearable technology.  Read more

Sources:  NBPA and  FastCompany.com

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Under Armour launched UA Record during CES 2015, a health and fitness network for new wearable apps dedicated to helping users lead healthier lives.  Photo courtesy, Under Armour.
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