Athletes and sports competitors earn a living by competing in athletic events and via endorsements.

  • Assess performance following athletic competition, identifying strengths and weaknesses and making adjustments to improve future performance.
  • Maintain equipment used in a particular sport.
  • Attend scheduled practice or training sessions.
  • Maintain optimum physical fitness levels by training regularly, following nutrition plans, or consulting with health professionals.
  • 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.
  • Receive instructions from coaches or other sports staff prior to events and discuss 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.
Work Context
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 80% responded "Every day".
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 54% responded "Extremely important".
  • Level of Competition — 67% responded "Extremely competitive".
  • Contact With Others — 60% responded "Constant contact with others".
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 47% responded "Important results".
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 59% responded "Every day".
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 53% responded "Some freedom".
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Work Activities
  • 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.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • 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.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Practice athletic or artistic skills.
  • Participate in athletic events.
  • Practice athletic or artistic skills.
  • Practice athletic or artistic skills.
  • Evaluate skills of athletes or performers.
  • Promote products, activities, or organizations.
  • Coach others.
  • Participate in athletic events.
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