11 high-paying jobs for people who love sports

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There are some lucrative jobs out there that are well suited for sports lovers.
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Wikimedia Commons

Let’s be real: only a tiny percentage of people are cut out to be world class athletes.

So how can sports lovers pursue their passions if they lack superhuman strength and speed? Are they doomed to take on jobs that have nothing to do with their true interests?

As it turns out, there are tons of jobs related to sports for non-athletes – and many of them actually pay pretty well, according to Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database that gathers information on hundreds of occupations.

We sought out positions with a median annual salary of over $50,000 that somehow involved an interest in sports.

Here are 11 high-paying positions with that might be a great fit for sports enthusiasts:


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Ruth Hartnup/Flickr

Commercial diver

Median salary: $50,470

Commercial divers work below the surface of water, using scuba gear to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures.


Recreation or fitness studies professor

Median salary: $59,280

Recreation and fitness studies teachers teach courses pertaining to recreation, leisure, and fitness studies, including exercise physiology and facilities management.


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TriStar Pictures

Agent or business manager of artists, performers, or athletes

Median salary: $62,940

Agents and business managers represent and promote artists, performers, and athletes in dealings with current or prospective employers.


Program director

Median salary: $68,440

Program directors direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.


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Wikimedia Commons

Ship or boat captain

Median salary: $76,780

Ship and boat captains command vessels in oceans, bays, lakes, rivers, or coastal waters.


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Mr. Gray/Flickr

Fitness and wellness coordinator

Median salary: $76,930

Fitness and wellness coordinators manage or coordinate fitness and wellness programs and services.


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Beau Maes/Flickr

Statistician

Median salary: $80,110

Statisticians develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information.


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Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Archives/Flickr

Physical therapist

Median salary: $84,020

Physical therapists assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.


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University of the Fraser Valley/Flickr

Health specialties professor

Median salary: $90,840

Health specialties teachers teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.


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Wikipedia

Sports medicine physician

Median salary: $187,200

Sports medicine physicians diagnose, treat, and help prevent injuries that occur during sporting events, athletic training, and physical activities.


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Universal Pictures

Physical medicine and rehabilitation physician

Median salary: $187,200

Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians diagnose and treat disorders requiring physiotherapy to provide physical, mental, and occupational rehabilitation.