The dream of working in a sports job: Which advantages does a career in the sports industry provide and which disadvantages will I have to face?

Our life is a huge compromise in almost all things. The partner we choose, the town where we move to and as well our job, that provides us with the money to survive. Since humanity always aspires happiness, we try to find the smallest compromises to create our life at least a bit how we imagine it to be. That also is crucial when it comes to our sports job – before deciding for a career we have to consider many factors like payment, education, place of location. Since we spend around 50 years of our life with working, the job-decision should be taken deliberately so that we can spend these working years as good as possible.

The easiest way to make a good decision? A pro and contra list! Here's our version of it to see which advantages and disadvantages a career in sports provides!

The advantages

The sports industry is blooming

The sports market has been growing significantly over the years and is expected to develop even further. The reason is - simply put - the steady popularity of sports (and esports) events, and with it, the brands, products and companies that are part of it. Due to esports, digital revolution and even politial situations (like the evolution of diversity and gender-specific & gender-neutral events), the sports industry is facing opportunities instead of threats. As a consequene, companies and brands have the chance to increase their revenue which results in a higher demand for employees.

After all, a successful business means a safe working space - and one which allows development for yourself inside the company.

Investing time in something that you love

Who decides in favour of a sport job already does a big step onto happiness because there is nothing better than transforming the hobby into a job, right? Right! As a matter of course, a 100% willingness to support the brand, sports or agency you are working for is much easier if it is part of your spare time - or personal life -  as well.

Normally, if you apply for a sports job the reason behind is not simply the field of work which suits your CV, but probably the identification with the brand. In everyday life, this will give you a proper motivational boost to do your job well and to even result in enjoying it more.

More than just colleagues

The teamwork with sport job-colleagues is also pretty laid-back, since all have the same passion and therefore there is no need to break the ice first. How can we be so sure? If you check the job descriptions at Sportyjob, you'll notice that apart from hard and soft skills, most brands are actually asking for an interest, knowledge or even practicing of the sports that they are related to.

For instance, if you want to work at blue tomato, Atomic or Salomon, a passion for ski or snowboarding is a must. komoot? Biking. Boardriders? Surfing. Mammut and The North Face? Hiking. You get the point.

Even if you aren't the same age or don't seem to have much in common, there's always a link between all of you. As a result, the office atmosphere is always a little more familiar and personal than in other industries.

Being in the centre of sports

Really amazing about sports jobs is, that (according to the field you are working in), you are close to your idols, this may be either professional athletes or celebrities of the sports industry. Jobs at sporting events, for example, are normally an entry-card on meeting athletes. On the business front, sponsored athletes are normally invited to visit the headquarters every now and then. Just check adidas if you want to know more.

Furthermore, it is advantageous to get tickets, gear and clothing (that you would have bought anyways) either for free or at least, with a discount. Neat!

And last but not least: Working in a sport job is absolutely wicked!

The disadvantages

Overtime and weekend shifts

How already mentioned at the beginning, there are two sides to every coin. Sports jobs quite often are associated with long workdays and weekend-work. This, of course, depends on the field you're working in.

Since events, competitions etc. predominantly take place at the weekends, everyone either working directly for the event, association, club or as a sports journalist or a PR agency, is going to face work on the weekends.  Also, whenever an event is coming up, it normally means a lot of unpaid overtime hours due to the big amount of organisational tasks which come up right in advance.

Same goes for jobs in retail: If you choose to work for a sports brand in retail, it might be that you'll be facing 6-day-weeks and long working days.

We know this doesn't sound really good, but don't be discouraged! Of course not every sport job condemns you to do unpaid overtimes and there are others which reimburse the extra effort extraordinarily well, but unfortunately this is not the majority.

Average payment

When it comes to money you will have to cut back your prospects because the basic salaries of sport jobs in general are not as high as the ones of comparable jobs in other sectors of economy. While sports clubs and teams offer over-the-top-salaries (but only few jobs), payment in the field of sporting goods is very average. So, if you're "doing it just for the money", a position in banking or IT would probably be a better choice.

As we all know, demand determines supply – that means that sportjob-companies can define lower wages for treasured sport jobs. This may be traced back to the fact that sport jobs are really popular and therefore there are a lot of potential candidates

But isn't the abdication of money worth the feeling of getting up in the morning and looking forward to working in a sports job, where you will have fun and can enjoy your passion day by day?

Still available sport jobs of 2013 – Q like Quiksilver to W like Winning Search

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Like already announced, today’s sport job-blog shows the second part of our summary of still available sport jobs. To be forwarded to the detailed sport job-openings just click on the specific company-logo. Have fun browsing through!

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Assistant Système d'Information Retail

Assistant(e) Service Client B to B Bilingue Anglais/Allemand

Chargé(e) de mission RH

Contrôleur(se) de Gestion

Contrôleur/se de gestion operationnel ADV

Coordinateur Digital e Social Marketing

DC Shoes Senior Outerwear Designer

Graphiste Shop Projects

Responsable Rayon Toulouse

Senior Designer Quiksilver

Vendedor Outlet Freeport Alcochete

Vendeur Toulouse

Vendeur(se) Champs Elysées

Vendeur/se ANNEMASSE

Vendeur/se Calais

Vendeur/ses Ile-Saint-Denis

Vendeur/ses Rivoli

Web Analyste

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Commercial Equipement du cycliste Région Sud Est

Promoteur Technique - Poste basé en région lyonnaise (69), déplacements à la semaine sur régions Nord-Est et Sud-Est

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Responsable Administration Des Ventes

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Head of Marketing Berg Outdoor – Sports Division

Precisa-se Chefe de Vendas – Sportzone - Albufeira

Precisa-se Chefe de Vendas – Sportzone - Guia

Precisa-se Gerente de Loja – Sportzone - Algarve 

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Content Assistant - English/Spanish Speaking

Customer Service Representative

Human Resources Manager

Models – Male & Female

Social Media Coordinator (French/English)

Web Designer - Photoshop / HTML5 / CSS / JavaScript

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 Material Manager

Retail Planner/Merchandiser

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Junior Sales Manager Online

Volontariat Central Marketing 


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Assistant Service Clients France


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Aushilfe (Text/Französisch) (m/w)

Aushilfe (Text/Holländisch) (m/w)

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Commercial Equipement Fitness

The Sportyjob week´s review – the latest sport jobs at Adidas, Cool Shoe and Sportzone

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Since we only had a blog about sport job- internships this week,  it really is getting time for a short sport job summary. Here we go:

Sport jobs at Sportzone:

sonae23.11 sportyjobSonae again posted three exciting sport job offers and adresses all candidates who would love to live and work in Portugal. Last week Sonae has been looking for new staff for Berg Outdoor, this week the sport job openings are all about the sporting goods retailer Sportzone. Sportzone is a chain of sport stores that was founded in Portugal but also is well known beyond the Portuguese boarders and is growing continuously. That’s why Sonae is offering these sport job openings at Sportzone: Required are two Head of Sales for the stores in Guia and Albufeira as well as a Store Manager for the shop at the Algarve. All of these sport jobs require experienced staff who have a lot of know-how in the areas of management and sales as well as a high level in Portuguese.

Sport jobs at Cool Shoe

coolshoes23.11 sportyjobThis week again we are happy to announce a new sport job company on Sportyjob. Cool Shoe was founded in the United States and in the meantime is established all over the world with more than 100 shoe models.  To sell even more shoes, Cool Shoe is offering a sport job as “Agents Commerciaux Paris Nord“.

Sport jobs at Adidas

adidas23.11 sportyjobHow we already mentioned in our last sport job blog, Adidas published even four sport job offers recently. Since all these new sport jobs might be a bit confusing, we decided to bring them up again for you. Offered are three sport job-internships in Communications, Sales & Coordination as well as in Service Commercial. Who already has gained some experience, could also apply for the sport job as a Store Coach.

All mentioned sport jobs and many more you find on

Last week’s sport job openings on

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Today we want to take a short look at our new sport job opportunities for sportive candidates:

Swedish company POC, known for helmets, goggles and a lot of other accessories and clothing, that ensures our safety while doing adventurous trips, is looking for a sales agent for the headquarters in France. Requirements for this sport job are three to five years of experience in wholesale and retail as well as fluent French.

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Lifestylebrand and Boardsport-goods manufacturer Quiksilver, who also owns the brands DC and Roxy, is offering a sport job internship in the area of marketing. This sport job is all about supporting the export manager in his daily business. Like all sport job-internships at Quiksilver this sport job-internship of course is paid.

Outdoor brand Salewa, which is part of the Oberalp Group, is searching for sport job-candidates for the sport job as global product manager. The potential sport job applicant should be customer-orientated, with an extensive experience in international product management and should also have a passion for outdoor sports, since the Salewa headquartes is in Italian outdoor mecca Bolzano.

Volcom, famous for awesome sport events and highly creative and innovative products, even has three sport job openings. For the sector logistics and warehouse the company is in need of a sport job-candidate who wants to apply for the sport job as import assistant. Who already completed an education in logistics and transport and is able to speak English and French operational, could be the perfect applicant for this sport job. The second sport job publication is only for trilingual people, who are fluent in English, Spanish and French, since a customer care and e-commerce advisor needs to be able to communicate to all of the Volcom stakeholders and clients. Who is still involved in studies, may be more interested in the sport job-internship in digital marketing. Requirements for this sport job are basics in web marketing as well as knowledge of programs and tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, HTML, CSS as well as a broad understanding of new media.

These sport jobs and many more sport job offers and sport job-internship openings you find on

Sport jobs on great sport events

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Sport events are always a great source for sport jobs. That’s why you should check out the great sport events in advance for sport job opportunities in the sport event sector. Sportyjob shows you which great sport events are coming up…


sportyjob Olympic MedalsGreat sport events always need a lot of helpers –event coordinators, event managers, sponsoring managers and a huge amount of interns in uncountable divisions of sport events and sport jobs.


The following port events are coming up in the first half of 2014 and will bring along many sport job sport and internship opportunities. On many pages you even find an own category for sport jobs at the event itself or in preparation of the event.


Tennis Australia Open in Melbourne 13.01. - 26.01.2014 


Olympische Winterspiele in Sochi 07.02. - 23.02.2014


Winter Paralympics in Sochi 07.03. - 16.03.2014 


Tennis French Open in Paris 26.05. - 08.06.2014


FIFA Fußball Weltmeisterschaft in Brasilien 12.06. - 13.07.2014Sportyjob running stadium


Tour de France 05.07. - 27.07.2014


Tennis, Wimbledon in London 23.07.- 30.07.2014


Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 23.07. - 03.08.2014


Sportyjob hopes you will enjoy having a look at these great sport events andmaybe even finding exciting sport jobs. 

How to find the right sport job – part 3: What kind of jobs do companies in the sports industry offer?

Since you already know quite a lot about potential employers, today’s Sportyjob sport job blog presents possible sport jobs in the different departments of companies. Given that it is almost impossible to cover the whole bandwidth, we only will have a look at the most common sport jobs. Let’s start with the executive suite:

The Board

The most important people of the board are the chief executive officer (CEO) and the Chairman of the Board. Those two sport jobs are supported by the directors/managers of the different departments. Function of this top-level is to care about fundamental decisions like annual objectives and product launches as well as defining the corporate strategy. In the management level usually all sport jobs are circumscribed with chief…officer like chief financial officer (CFO) or chief operations officer (COO). What you have to keep in mind: the term “CEO” may have different meanings. In Great Britain, for instance, there is only one “true” CEO in a company, but in Germany the term rather describes a management-function of a sport job.


Subordinated to the executive suite are different departments. This is the really interesting part for sport job seekers, since the majority of sport jobs are available in this medium-level.

1. Administration

The administration is working closely with the board and cares about getting the paperwork and all necessary preliminary work for the executive suite done.

2. Legal Department

The legal department might offer some interesting sport jobs for sport job seekers that have graduated in law. Companies of the sports industry need in-house jurists that care about all operational and administrational law-questions.

3. Finance Department

This department is connected closely to the board. Main task is the management of company’s cash flows. Parts of the finance dept. are accountancy, cash management, treasury, controlling and the overall business financing.

4. Human Resources

This department usually is quite big and offers interesting sport jobs: A recruiter needs to find the perfect employees for job vacancies and as well is responsible for personnel marketing and employer branding, which means the market positioning of the company as a trustworthy employer. Also quite important is the personnel development manager, who cares about staff development. Furthermore Human Resources, which is led by the Human Resources Manager, is in charge of wages-management and all issues regarding staff.

5. Sales Department

Who is applying for a sport job in sales will have to do execution of orders, new client acquisition and key account managing. In a lot of companies client service and logistics are part of Sales, too. One main task of this department is to elaborate market entry strategies for new products.

6. Marketing Department

Main subject of sport jobs in marketing  is planning and execution of  advertising-activities with the aim to sell products. Part of this is market analysis as well as research and segmentation. Furthermore this department is responsible for the development of marketing-strategies and the defining of the marketing-mix of price-, product-, place-, promotion- and communication-tools. Since new opportunities of communication like social networks came up, marketing had to change a lot in the recent years and needed to create new subdivisions like online-marketing and e-commerce, which are constantly searching for new sport job-talents.

7. Public Relations

Public Relations often is subordinated to Marketing, but actually is an independent department, which especially cares about corporate image and reputation.  Main instrument of PR is media relations with the aim to spread beneficial news regarding the company in the mass media. Internal communications (E.g. employee-newspaper, newsletters…) as well as crisis and finance communication (annual report etc.) are vital parts of PR and offer a lot of sport jobs.

These seven mentioned departments are only a small overview over potential sport job fields, since every company has its own structures. For example smaller businesses usually concentrate departments or outsource them on order to save costs. Huge global players in the contrary have a lot more departments, like country-specific ones (for instance Marketing EMEA-Europe, Middle East and Africa) and product-specific ones (Apparel, Footwear) where you can find loads of sport job opportunities.

After this third part of our sport job checklist you now know a lot about sport field, employers and departments and the associated sport jobs. But how to find these sport jobs? Our next sport job blog will give an answer!

Until then you can have a look at our latest sport jobs in the industry at, maybe you’ll find a matching one yet!


Bye for now,

your Sportyjob Team

Outdoor-Enthusiasten, Ausdauersportler und Verkaufs-Experten aufgepasst – Sportyjob bietet wieder zahlreiche neue Sport Jobs und Sport Praktika!

Sportyjob, die Stellenbörse für Bewerber und Unternehmen aus dem Sportbereich, bietet täglich neue Sport Jobs und Sport Praktika.In den letzten Tagen wurde eine große Anzahl an Sport Jobs auf Sportyjob gepostet, die wir natürlich niemandem vorenthalten wollen. Beginnen wir alphabetisch:Adidas France sucht einen Store Coach in der Bretagne.  Für diesen Sport Job müsst ihr dem französischen mächtig sein sowie euren Bachelor in der Hand haben.Outdoorausrüster Black Diamond hat gleich mehrere Sport Jobs in Angebot. Zu besetzen sind drei Vollzeit Sport Jobs. Der erste richtet sich an erfahrene Außendienstmitarbeiter und Verkaufsprofis, die einen Job im Sport in Basel suchen. Für Outdoor-Enthusiasten mit wirtschaftlichem Hintergrund kommt eventuell eher der Sport Job als Sales  and Service Respresentative in Frage. Du kennst den europäischen Markt wie deine Hosentasche und hast mehr als fünf Jahre Erfahrung in Sales und Marketing? Dann sollte der Sport Job als Black Diamond Hardgoods Sales Manager definitiv in Frage kommen.Wer sich eher für einen Sport Job im Bereich Ausdauersport interessiert, sollte bei Shimano richtig sein. Hier wird ein Sport Job-Suchender für Commercial Running benötigt.Surf, Skate und Snow Onlineshop SurfStitch sucht Englisch sowie Spanisch sprechende Sport Job-Bewerber für die Stelle als Content Assistant und hat ebenfalls für französische Staatsbürger noch einen Sport Job als Applications Support Analyst zu besetzen.Die Swatch Freeride World Tour hat ein aussichtsreiches Sport Praktikum als New Media Specialist zu vergeben. Computer und Technik Begeisterten bietet sich hier eine einmalige Chance einen tollen Sport Job kennenzulernen.Auch Quiksilver hält die Augen nach neue Praktikanten offen und sucht ab September einen Praktikanten für den Sport Job Produktmanagement Assistant.Es tut sich viel auf Sportyjob, täglich können wir euch neue Sport Jobs und Sport Praktika bieten. Um immer up to date zu bleiben, checkt einfach regelmäßig und tragt euch für den Newsletter ein.Viele liebe Grüße!Euer Sportyjob-Team