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Sports Management Schools

There are 436 accredited sports management schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of sports management classes at one of these schools, you play a crucial role in shaping the future of this growing field. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the sports management academic community and the future trends. Academia in sports management includes sports management training at the following levels:

  • Sports Management Certificate
  • Associates degree in Sports Management
  • Bachelors degree in Sports Management
  • Masters degree in Sports Management
  • PhD degree in Sports Management


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Sports management professionals

326,390 356,690 365,460 369,170 342,960
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In the year 2010, there were 342,960 sports management professionals working in the US. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of sports management professionals has grown by 5%.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%.

National Salary percentiles for Sports management professionals

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In 2010, the median salary earned by sports management professionals around the nation, was $96,450 per year. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for sports management professionals in the US was 50% more than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Sports Management

$82,490 $86,680 $90,230 $92,600 $96,450
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for sports management professionals have grown by 17%.

Educational Trends

National Sports Management Student enrollment growth by degree

265 286 327 363 543
3,908 4,465 5,167 5,559 5,802
12 11 1 16 15
1,219 1,349 1,497 1,685 2,118
121 132 174 159 143
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Sports Management
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Sports Management
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Sports Management
  • Grey: Certificate in Sports Management

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for sports management professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the US, 5,525 students graduated from sports management degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 8,621 students graduated from sports management schools.

This represents a 56% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from sports management courses is greater than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Sports Management Programs offered Nationwide


As student graduation numbers are up, the number of schools offering sports management programs has decreased. In 2006 there were 359 sports management schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 436 schools.

Sports Management Faculty Salaries

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