Athletic Directors

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.


Quick Facts
Duties Coordinate and oversee athletic programs at public and private colleges and universities
Alternate Title(s) Athletic Administrators, Athletic Directors of Intercollegiate Athletics, Directors of Athletics
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Physical Education
  • Speech
Experience Participate in college internships and part-time jobs and try to gain experience by working as a coach or assistant athletic director
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • College Dean or Commissioner of Athletic Conference
  • Athletic Director
  • Assistant or Associate Athletic Director

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