Athletes and Sports Competitors

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About the Job

Compete in athletic events.

It is also Called

  • WWE Wrestler (World Wrestling Entertainment Wrestler)
  • Wrestler
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  • Tennis Player
  • Swimmer
  • Surfer
  • Sumo Wrestler
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What They Do

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

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Recognition and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was n/a

Outlook

0.67%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,040 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,110 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 7 openings due to growth and about 33 replacement openings for approximately 40 total annual openings.



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