Professional Athletes, Individual Sports

Rafael Nadal Serves Tennis Ball

In contrast with amateur athletes who play or compete in amateur circles for titles or trophies only, professional athletes participate in individual sports such as tennis, figure skating, golf, running, or boxing, competing against others to win prizes and money.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Participate in individual sports such as tennis, golf, and boxing
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Any geographic location
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Health
  • Physical Education
Experience Extensive amateur experience required
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Coaching/Physical Training
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Drug tests; physical requirements vary by sport
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Owner, Sports Training School or Sports Broadcaster
  • Coach
  • Star Athlete
  • Professional Athlete
  • Amateur Athlete

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