Sports Agents

Sports agents act as representatives for professional athletes in many different types of negotiations, providing advice and representation concerning contracts, endorsement and advertisement deals, public appearances, and financial investments and taxes, among other areas. They may represent only one athlete or many, depending on the sport, the size of their agency, and the demands of the client or clients they represent. There are approximately 11,680 agents employed in the United States. However, that figure includes literary and talent agents, as well as sport agents.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Represent the business interests of professional athletes; negotiate contracts; find product endorsements and other business opportunities for their clients
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience Internship; experience as an assistant
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Financial
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Owner of Sports Management Firm or Manager/Supervisor
  • Experienced Sports Agent
  • Entry-Level Sports Agent

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