Athletic Directors

An Athletic Director Displays an Award

Athletic directors coordinate and oversee athletic programs at public and private colleges and universities. They manage staff; calculate budgets; negotiate broadcasting and other business contracts; raise funds to meet budget shortfalls; ensure that their programs meet academic-, financial-, and gender-related compliance issues; and serve as the public faces of their institutions' athletic programs by talking with media and fans. Athletic directors may also be called directors of athletics, athletic directors of intercollegiate athletics, and athletic administrators.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Athletic Administrators, Athletic Directors of Intercollegiate Athletics, Directors of Athletics
Duties Coordinate and oversee athletic programs at public and private colleges and universities
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Physical Education
  • Speech
Experience Internships and part-time jobs
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Business Management
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • College Dean or Commissioner of Athletic Conference
  • Athletic Director
  • Assistant or Associate Athletic Director