Online M.S. in Sport and Fitness Administration Career Outlook

With your online master's degree in sport and fitness administration management from Winthrop University, you can start your own sport business or advance in many industries, including interscholastic athletics (high schools), intercollegiate athletic departments, league offices, parks and recreation and professional sports.

The overall employment of sports occupations is projected to grow 7% through 2029, which is faster than the average for all occupations.1 Due to the variety of sport and fitness administration industries, you can pursue many job titles, several of which require a master's degree:

  • Athlete Development Specialist
  • Athletic Academics Coordinator
  • Athletic Director
  • Compliance and Risk Management Specialist
  • Contract Administrator
  • Event Coordinator
  • Facilities Manager
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • NCAA Compliance Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Sales Coordinator
  • Sport Lawyer

Winthrop's online master's degree in sport and fitness administration is ideal if you seek a leadership or management position in the sports industry. You might also choose to enroll in a Ph.D. program in sport management or a related field.

Administrative Services and Facilities Manager

As an administrative services and facilities manager in the sport industry, you would plan, direct and coordinate activities that help your organization run efficiently. These responsibilities could include facilities management, records and information management, personnel oversight, and compliance with legal and environmental regulations. The median wage for administrative services managers was $96,940 in May 2019, and the overall employment of these professionals is expected to grow 6% from 2019 to 2029, adding 21,200 new jobs.1

Athletic Director

As an athletic director, you would oversee an athletic department at a high school, university, college or other organization. Athletic directors typically schedule events, oversee athletic staff, manage a budget, recruit athletes and ensure compliance with relevant regulations. The average base salary for athletic directors is $87,985 per year.2

To learn how Winthrop’s online Master of Science in Sport and Fitness Administration can help you advance in one of these growing careers, contact a program manager toll-free at 833/257-1704 with any questions or request more information today.

1Entertainment and Sports Occupations: Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (

2Administrative Services and Facilities Managers: Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (

3Athletic Director (College/University) Salary | PayScale