In spite of what you see on TV, coaches and players aren’t the only ones working in sports—dozens of others have jobs behind the cameras, building relationships between teams, athletes, fans, and the media.

If you want to experience the inner circles of professional athletics without coaching or playing, make a career out of one of these six behind-the-scene jobs:

Statistician: Formulate Stats for Players and Teams

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With more fans interested in sports metrics, sports teams need statisticians to collect data, present it clearly, and make conclusions and predictions based on the numbers. Becoming a statistician typically requires a bachelor’s degree in statistics or math, as well as a master’s degree or PhD for senior positions; these qualify you for a well-paid position in a growing field.

PR Manager: Represent the Image of a Team

PR managers help to build the overall image of a team and its relationships with benefactors. They ensure smooth communication between athletes, sports teams, media outlets, and the general public, and can also assist with fundraising and promotions. At minimum, you will need a bachelor’s degree in public relations or a related field, but additional certifications and work experience will increase your chances of getting hired.

Nurse: Provide Aid and Treatment for Athletes

Although no single role defines sports nursing, nurses have more chances than ever to work behind the scenes in athletics. Nurses can perform health evaluations for players, apply first aid (on the bench or in the stands), or facilitate the recovery process for injured athletes. Getting an advanced nursing degree and spending a few years in a medical practice can help you transition into a wide variety of sports-related roles on and off the field.

Event Coordinator: Work Behind the Scenes Facilitate the Games

Sports teams need people to manage crucial details outside of the game such as seating and security; event coordinators help ensure that other components of the game day experience play out smoothly. Event coordinators can also plan other special occasions at the sporting venue. While they do not require formal education, becoming one usually requires a degree in event management, certifications, and previous experience in a related business such as hotels or catering.

Agent: Represent the Interests of Athletes

While agents work in a very competitive industry, they enjoy the exhilaration of finding and representing new talent through contracts and endorsements. Agents usually need graduate degrees to work, as well as a combination of certifications and paid fees; in the NFL, for instance, agents must pass an exam on contract rules and pay annual dues to keep their credentials. Negotiating experience can also help agents secure more clients.

Sports Psychologist: Work as a Psychologist for Athletes

Sports psychologists are responsible for athletes’ mental health and assist players with their focus and stress management. Contrary to popular belief, good sports psychologists do not need experience as athletes to relate to them—instead, job requirements can include a master’s or doctorate degree, board certification, and fellowship experience.

Working in athletics, especially larger industries such as football, baseball, and basketball, requires long hours and an undying passion for sports. While many people start at the bottom of the career ladder, tireless work ethic can lead you to a rewarding job in the major leagues.

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