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Career and Education Opportunities for Professional Athletes in New York

New York has a population of 19,541,453, which has grown by 2.98% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Empire State," its capital is Albany, though its largest city is New York.

There are currently 730 working professional athletes in New York; this should grow by 15% to about 840 working professional athletes in the state by 2016. 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 $57,000 per year in New York, and an average of $30,850 per year nationwide. Compared with people working in the overall category of Sports, people working as professional athletes in New York earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Sports nationally. Jobs in this field include: volleyball player, racing car driver, and wrestler.

In 2008, there were a total of 11,289,001 jobs in New York. The average annual income was $48,809 in 2008, up from $47,628 the previous year. The unemployment rate in New York was 8.4% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. Roughly 27.4% of New York residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New York include securities contracts intermediation, investment banking dealing, and apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist destinations include the Children's Galleries for Jewish Culture, the Adelson Galleries Inc, and the Asian American Arts Centre.

CITIES WITH Professional Athlete OPPORTUNITIES IN New York


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 New York 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: New York

New York
New York photo by William Warby

New York has a population of 19,541,453, which has grown by 2.98% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Empire State," its capital is Albany, though its most populous city is New York. In 2008, there were a total of 11,289,001 jobs in New York. The average annual income was $48,809 in 2008, up from $47,628 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New York was 8.4% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. Approximately 27.4% of New York residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New York include securities contracts intermediation, investment banking dealing, and apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Abigail Adams Smith Museum, the Asian American Arts Centre, and the Anthology Film Archives Administration.