Entertainment and Sports career paths: Qualifications, Salary, and more

    No education required

  • Athletes and Sports Competitors

    Athletes and sports competitors participate in organized, officiated sporting events to entertain spectators.

  • Musicians and Singers

    Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios.

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials

    Umpires, referees, and other sports officials preside over competitive athletic or sporting events to help maintain standards of play. They detect infractions and decide penalties according to the rules of the game.

  • Some college, no degree

  • Actors

    Actors express ideas and portray characters in theater, film, television, and other performing arts media. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

  • Bachelor's degree

  • Producers and Directors

    Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

  • Coaches and Scouts

    Coaches teach amateur or professional athletes the skills they need to succeed at their sport. Scouts look for new players and evaluate their skills and likelihood for success at the college, amateur, or professional level. Many coaches also are involved in scouting.

  • Music Directors and Composers

    Music directors, also called conductors, lead orchestras and other musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music in a variety of musical styles.