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					ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY                                                                  
PPG Industries Career and Leadership Development Center                                               

SPORT MANAGEMENT- Career Resource Guide

Career Options
Athletics-High Schools/Colleges & Universities              Manage a department of athletics.
Event Management                                            Manage special events.
Facilities Management                                       Oversee operations of an athletic facility, such as an arena or stadium.
Health Club Management                                      Manage health club, safety, and physical fitness.
Professional Sports                                         Manage front-office operations, sales and service.
Resort Management                                           Manage day-to-day resort operations and recreation facilities.
Sporting Goods                                              Assist consumers in purchasing equipment and apparel.
Youth Program Director                                      Develop youth programs and activities.

Business/Industry Job Titles
Athletic Director                                           Health Club Manager
Director of Facility Operations                             Park/Recreation Director
Director of Intramurals                                     Pro Shop Manager
Director of Publicity                                       Sales Representative
Director of Ticket Operations                               Special Events Coordinator
Director of Ticket Sales

Books and Periodicals of Interest
(Several of these resources may be found at the RMU Library.)
Athletic Business                                       Journal of Sport History
Athletic Journal                                        NCAA News
Athletic Management                                     Opportunities in Sports and Fitness Careers *
Athletic Purchasing and Facilities                      Scholastic Coach and Athletic Director
Career in Sports Administration                         Sporting News
Career Opportunities in the Sports Industry *           Sports Business Journal
Careers in Focus: Sports *                              Sports Illustrated
Club Industry                                           Sports Industry News
Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology                Sports Market Place
Journal of Sport and Social Issues

* These books are available in the Career Center Library.

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, 
   Recreation and Dance *
American Sports Institute                         
International Association of Assembly Managers Inc. *
National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association *
National Sporting Goods Association               
Resort and Commercial Recreation Association **   
Sporting Good Manufacturers Association *         
Women Sports Wire **                              
Women's Sports Foundation *                       

* Contains employment listings
** Contains employment listings for members
Career & Employment Websites
Cool Works                                                    
Great Outdoors Recreation Pages                               
NCAA Online                                                   
Online Sports - Career Center                                 
Sport Management Club                                         
The Chronicle of Higher Education                             
The Field                                                     
Note: A helpful list of general job search websites is available online through the Career Center website at

Selected RMU Academic, Professional & Leadership Organizations
American Marketing Association                                          Pre-Law Society
Club Managers Association of America                                    Residence Hall Association
Financial Management Association                                        Society for Human Resource Management
First Year Student Mentors                                              Society for the Advancement of Management
Hospitality & Tourism Management Association                            Sport Management Association
Investment Network                                                      Student Government Association
Office of Student Civic Engagement                                      Student Program Board

Visit the Current Students – Activities & Organizations section of for a complete listing of student organizations.

Salary Information
2010 national average salaries, including experienced professionals, as reported by as of 8/9/10.
 By job function:
 Account Executive                   $61,000                          Assistant Coach                   $38,000
 Administrative Assistant            $31,000                          Marketing Coordinator             $50,000
 Assistant Athletic Director         $38,000                          Program Coordinator               $44,000
 Athletic Coach                      $41,000                          Retail Sports Jobs                $85,000
 Event Coordinator                   $41,000                          Special Events Coordinator        $39,000

2009 RMU Salary Survey:             Mean: $38,500 Range: $24,000 - $50,000

Bachelor-Level Internship Employers
Dick’s Sporting Goods                                                   PLB Sports
FSN Pittsburgh                                                          ProCamps Worldwide
Jamestown Jammers                                                       Quicksilver Golf Club
KDKA                                                                    RMU Department of Athletics
Koeberle & Associates                                                   RMU Island Sports Center
Mars Area School District                                               Special Olympics
MatchPoint Marketing                                                    State Farm Insurance
Mellon Arena                                                            Swartz, Lovejoy & Associates
North Hills School District                                             Three Rivers Lacrosse
Penn State                                                              US Fitness Care
Pit Stop                                                                USGA (U. S. Golf Association)
Pittsburgh Penguins                                                     Washington Wild Things
Pittsburgh Pirates                                                      West Allegheny School District
Pittsburgh Riverhounds                                                  YMCA
Pittsburgh Steelers

Bachelor-Level Hiring Organizations
BladeRunners Ice Complex- Manager                                       NHL Teams- Sales (Penguins, Coyotes, Capitals, Islanders)
Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse-Teen Program Director                    Pittsburgh Marriott- Front Desk Agent
Chicago Bobcats- Inside Sales Associate                                 Pittsburgh Pirates- Coordinator of New Business Development
Clear Channel Radio- Account Executive for WPGB                         Pittsburgh Pirates- Inside Sales Representative
Columbus Blue Jackets- Inside Sales Representative                      Public Label Brands- Customer Service Representative
DC Sports- Salesperson                                                  RadioShack- Store Manager
Delrey Windows, Inc.- Project Manager                                   RMU Island Sports Center- In House Hockey Coordinator
Enterprise Holdings- Account Executive                                  Robert Morris University- Assistant Coach, Track & Field
ESPN Radio- Sales Account Executive                                     SMG/Mellon Arena- Marketing Coordinator
Lafayette College- Merchandise & Promotions Manager                     Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh- Project Assistant
Longwood University- Assistant Sports Information Director              Sports Legend Group- Consultant
Mercyhurst College- Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach                    TKO Sports Group- Sales Executive
Mohonk Mountain Resort- Recreation Specialist                           United States Census Bureau- Recruiting Clerk
NBA Teams- Sales Associates (Hornets, Magic, Cavaliers, Kings)          Washington Wild Things- Ticketing Representative
New Jersey Cardinals- Director Group & Season Sales                     Wells Fargo- Mortgage Closer

                                                                                                                Revised: November 11, 2010

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