Entertainment and Sports Occupations

Employment of entertainment and sports occupations is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment is projected to increase by about 42,600. Strong demand from the public for more movies and television shows, as well as the increasing popularity of sports, will contribute to job growth for the entertainment and sports occupations.

The median annual wage for entertainment and sports occupations was $42,940 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640.

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Actors Actors

Actors express ideas and portray characters in theater, film, television, and other performing arts media.

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Athletes and sports competitors Athletes and Sports Competitors

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

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Coaches and scouts Coaches and Scouts

Coaches teach amateur or professional athletes the skills they need to succeed at their sport.

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Dancers and choreographers Dancers and Choreographers

Dancers and choreographers use dance performances to express ideas and stories.

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Music directors and composers Music Directors and Composers

Music directors lead musical groups during performances and recording sessions. Composers write and arrange original music in a variety of musical styles.

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Musicians and singers Musicians and Singers

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

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Producers and directors Producers and Directors

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions.

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Umpires, referees, and other sports officials 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.

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Last Modified Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019