School of Applied Sciences
The University of Mississippi

Career Outlook

College athletics provide incredible opportunities for a career in sports. There are over 1000 NCAA athletic programs across three divisions (I, II and III) and thousands more competing in the NAIA and junior college levels. Those interested in leadership positions within successful athletic departments will discover a great deal of potential, fulfillment, and room to grow. 

  • Over 90% of employers surveyed (January, 2021) recognize the benefit of an athletics-related graduate certificate 
  • The median annual wage for postsecondary education administrators was $95,410 in May 2019