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Career and Education Opportunities for Professional Athletes in Louisiana

Louisiana has a population of 4,492,076, which has grown by 0.52% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Pelican State," its capital is Baton Rouge, though its most populous city is New Orleans.

About 690 people are currently employed as professional athletes in Louisiana. By 2016, this is expected to grow by 58% to about 1,090 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for professional athletes are expected to grow by about 11.8%. Professional athletes generally compete in athletic events.

The average wage in the general category of Sports jobs is $32,213 per year in Louisiana, and an average of $30,850 per year nationwide. Incomes for professional athletes are better than in the overall category of Sports in Louisiana, and better than the overall Sports category nationally. Jobs in this field include: sky diver, golfer, and hockey player.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,576,960 jobs in Louisiana. The average annual income was $36,091 in 2008, up from $35,340 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Louisiana was 6.8% in 2009, which has grown by 2.3% since the previous year. About 18.7% of Louisiana residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Louisiana include petroleum products manufacturing, petroleum refineries, and basic chemical manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Louisiana Museum of African American History, the Reverend Zombies House of Voodoo, and the Longue Vue House & Gardens.

CITIES WITH Professional Athlete OPPORTUNITIES IN Louisiana


JOB DESCRIPTION: Professional Athlete

Professional Athlete video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, professional athletes compete in athletic events.

Every day, professional athletes are expected to be able to do heavy work over long periods of time. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Louisiana include:

  • Athletic Scout. Instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. May evaluate athletes' strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits or to improve the athletes' technique to prepare them for competition. Those required to hold teaching degrees should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.
  • Umpire. Officiate at competitive athletic or sporting events. Detect infractions of rules and decide penalties according to established regulations.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Louisiana

Louisiana
Louisiana photo by Lane Lefort

Louisiana has a population of 4,492,076, which has grown by 0.52% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Pelican State," its capital is Baton Rouge, though its largest city is New Orleans. In 2008, there were a total of 2,576,960 jobs in Louisiana. The average annual income was $36,091 in 2008, up from $35,340 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Louisiana was 6.8% in 2009, which has grown by 2.3% since the previous year. Roughly 18.7% of Louisiana residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Louisiana include petroleum products manufacturing, petroleum refineries, and basic chemical manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Longue Vue House & Gardens, the Reverend Zombies House of Voodoo, and the Louisiana Children's Museum.