The Coolest Jobs In Sports

Being involved with sports, in any way, form or fashion, is probably the best job that anyone can have, and there is never a lack for things to do, or to talk about. If you can manage to luck into a job in any capacity, go for it, but here are the top three jobs we’d like to take in the wonderful, wacky world of sports.

The General Manager

Sure, it’s a lot of pressure, but can you imagine anything being as great as the job of general manager? You’re enlisted with boosting a team’s sportsbook odds, watching players develop throughout the years (providing you don’t get canned), and you get the best seats in the house for every game. With the growing popularity of fantasy sports, people obviously would love to be in charge of a team, and there is no one who would turn down the job of GM (unless it’s the Pittsburgh Pirates).

The Ballboys/Towelboys

This is for the youngsters, although we’re sure a few adults would love to take the job as well, and just because we listed it for the boys, the girls can get in on the action as well. How cool is that? Free tickets to the game, seats that your friends (and their parents) would drool over, and you get to meet your heroes on a daily basis. You’re likely to make a highlight reel if you’re a ballboy who misses a foul ball, but there are worse things that could happen in life.

The 12th Man/Utility Guy/Fourth-Line Player/Third-String Guy

Look, we’d all love to be the star, but sometimes, hard work can only take you so far. The guys (and girls) out of the spotlight are, in some cases, the guys (and girls) who keep the team together. Take Chicago’s Brian Scalabrine, for example. He has earned a steady paycheck in the NBA since 2001 by being a good teammate, a guy who realizes he’s not going to play much, so he contributes in other ways like cheering the team on, and he can also see something on the court that some may miss if they’re busy, you know, playing. It’s not a bad gig if you can land it.

Sociology Degree Jobs

Sociology is one of the most misunderstood fields of study. Tell a group of people that you’re majoring in sociology and the first question they’ll ask is “uh, what are you going to do with that?” Fortunately, the answer is “plenty.”

Sociology is the study of the interaction, structure, collective behavior, and development of organized groups of people. Sociologists can find work in just about any area of business, and in health care, environment & society, government, demography, criminal justice, human services, education, community relations, and social science research. The list of specific job titles is extensive, but just a few are:

  • -Advocate
  • -College Administrator
  • -Community Relations Specialist
  • -Consultant
  • -Consumer Researcher
  • -Director of Advertising
  • -Law Enforcement Officer
  • -Marketing Manager
  • -Mental Health Counselor
  • -Personnel Training
  • -Public Assistance Agent
  • -Social Science Analyst
  • -Teacher
  • -Waste Manager

Salaries for these positions vary greatly by level of education, experience, company, and location, but you can expect to make anywhere from $27,000 per year on the low end up to $95,000+ on the high end. Management, director and postsecondary education positions typically fall on the higher end of the pay scale.  

If you are interested in a sociology career, you should enroll in an accredited bachelor’s degree program with a major or focus in sociology. Although a bachelor’s degree is a great start, many professionals in this field hold a masters degree or higher. An undergraduate program can prepare you for an entry to mid-level career and/or for a master’s program. All program’s have specific course requirements, but you can always take additional courses that will help prepare you for multiple positions.

According to Top Online Colleges, major requirements may include, but are not limited to:

  • -Advanced Social Theory
  • -Directed Readings in Sociology
  • -Feminist Theories of Social Order
  • -Introduction of Social Theory
  • -Introduction to Society
  • -Medical Sociology
  • -Population Analysis
  • -Practicum in Applied Social Research
  • -Race and Ethnic Group Relations
  • -Religion in Society
  • -Research Methodology
  • -Rural Sociology
  • -Social Deviance
  • -Social Inequality
  • -Social Movements
  • -Social Problems
  • -Society and the Future
  • -Sociological Research
  • -Sociology of Childhood
  • -Sociology of Education
  • -Sociology of Gender Roles
  • -Sociology of Law
  • -Sociology of Sport                                                
  • -Statistics for Social Research
  • -The Family
  • -The Individual in Society 
  • -Urban Sociology
  • -Work, Industry, and Society
  • -Internship Program

To find the best sociology program, browse through college ranking sites such as Princetonreview.com and Petersons.com. You can also try U.S. News & World Report College Rankings. If you decide to search on your own through Bing or Google, always check the schools website for accreditation, especially if you have never heard of the school or the school operates exclusively online. This does not mean that unfamiliar schools and online schools do not offer high quality programs—most do, but you have to be careful today thanks to the proliferation of diploma mills and schools that have recently lost accreditation.

The following accrediting agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. It is important to note that, the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) is one of the top accrediting agencies for online colleges and programs.

  • -The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • -The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • -The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • -The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
  • -Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • -New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • -North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • -Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • -Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

To review the full list of recognized agencies, visit the U.S. Department of Education.

Want to Work Right Now? Sign with a Temp Agency!

Never underestimate the power of a temp agency. This service isn’t just for folks interested in an assignment here and there. Most temp agencies today are in the business of filling temporary staffing needs for companies and finding long-term or permanent work for those that want it. Temp agencies are also called employment agencies, employment services, and temporary staffing agencies.  

Many temp assignments lead to permanent positions and some are an excellent way to get your foot in the door at a company that might not be the most accessible. Once inside, you can begin to show the company what you’ve got, without having to go through an interview process or waiting for months on end for a call back. The temp agency does the screening for the company, which is one of the reasons the agency makes such a nice commission if you get hired for a full-time job.

In today’s job market, working through a temp agency or working at a temp agency while you’re looking for the ideal job might be the way to go. For starters, you’ll have a variety of assignments to choose from and in most cases, you can control how often you work. This comes in handy when you need a flexible schedule that allows time for interviews. There is such a thing as a career temp, but if you’re looking for something a bit more stable, let the agency know this and they’ll try to match you with long-term assignments and companies that they know may be looking to hire now or in the future.

To locate a temp agency in your area, all you have to do is search online using your favorite search engine or flip through the yellow pages. Compile a list of around 10 agencies and check out their websites. Some agencies may specialize in jobs in the arts while others may be dedicated to providing clerical staff for local companies.

Still, some may specialize in retail, the food and beverage industry, media jobs, temporary medical staffing or blue collar jobs. This is why researching each temp agency is important. You don’t want to waste your time signing up with an agency that doesn’t specialize in jobs that match your skill set.

Once you’ve located several agencies that you think are a good match, forward your resume. The agency will guide you through the process of submitting your resume and any other supporting documentation online. If they think you might be a good fit, you will receive a call for an interview. Be prepared to spend at least 2 hours at the agency interviewing, taking tests, and filling out paperwork.  

Once you’re a member of the talent pool, you will leave the office with several timecards for your first few assignments. If you are ready and willing to work within 24 hours, if assignments are available, you will get a call—so be ready. Some assignments are even same day, so if you’re willing to work on short notice, you could receive a significant amount of work early on.

If you’re really interested in finding a long-term assignment or a permanent job, never turn down an assignment if you can help it. It’s not uncommon for a 2-week long assignment to lead to a full-time job in the world of temping.

For more information about temp agencies, read Top Temp Agencies by Time Out New York. Many of the agencies listed in this article have offices across the country.

Who’s the Man: Bullz-Eye’s favorite good, bad and strange bosses

As we prepare to say goodbye to Michael Scott, Bullz-Eye is honoring television’s best, worst, and strangest bosses. Most of them are just a device to motivate the main character, but there are a few who stand out, for reasons both good (they have your back) and bad (they might kill you). Others still are just odd, or can be both a spectacular boss and the most irritating prick on the planet.

Here are just a few of Bullz-Eye’s favorite bosses:

Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”)


Jack Donaghy is, for lack of a need for any other definition, a man. He is the man we all aspire to be, even the hipster kids among us. He is tireless, unflappable, and totally at the top of his game. Before meeting his wife, he was chasing tail with Bob Ballard and drinking wine from ancient Phoenician amphoras. He consumes scotch like water. Jack Donaghy named his fists Saint Patrick and Saint Michael, a fact we know only because those fists were used to fight his own father. He eschews the familiar and espouses the opulent. Most of all, he somehow finds it in his arrogant heart to mentor one of the strangest bosses around: Liz Lemon.

Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole, “Office Space”)


Lumbergh, meanwhile, is terrifying because he is one of the most realistic bosses the entertainment world has ever seen. Promoted beyond his skill set — assuming he even has a skill set — Lumbergh knows he has a good thing, and he’ll be damned if he’s going to lose his cushy job to any of the peons beneath him, so he micromanages the bejeezus out of them, makes them work on weekends, and will even steal their cubicle walls if it helps drop employee morale. Monty Burns is playing at the Oprah level of power; there are only a handful of people with that kind of influence. But Lumbergh…the corporate world is littered with guys like him. God help us.

Gregory House (Hugh Laurie, “House M.D.”)


He will risk his own life to save the life of a patient. He will also take a knitting needle to the eye before complimenting one of his fellow doctors. Dr. Gregory House is a brilliant doctor but a pretty awful human being, so while you will get the education of a lifetime under his tutelage, the emotional scars from the experience may never heal.

For the full list of Bullz-Eye’s favorite bosses – good, bad, and strange – head over to the Bullz-Eye Blog.

What can I do with an MBA Degree?

MBA degrees have become the gold standard of the business world. More than 62 percent of all CEOs hold a MBA or higher from an accredited program. Why? An MBA opens up more doors in the business world than any other type of degree. Not only this, but an MBA fetches higher salaries, excellent advancement opportunities, and a chance to become an entrepreneur. Its no wonder an MBA is one of the most attractive degrees in the world.

An MBA (Master of Business Administration) can prepare you for a lucrative career in upper management, portfolio management, or consulting. You can also establish a career as a marketing director, human resources manager or CEO. In an average market, an MBA holder has the potential to earn $100,000+ per year working in just about any industry. At the highest levels, a Fortune 500 CEO earns an average of $800,000 per year, plus bonuses and other perks.

Top executives are everywhere. In fact, there are more than 2,133,500 million in the business and management field today. This includes 400,400 chief executives and 1,733,100 general and operations managers.

To become a member of the top executive club, it takes dedication and hard work. It takes a minimum of six years to earn an MBA, beginning as an undergraduate. A traditional MBA degree program requires successful completion of:

  • -Accounting
  • -Business Strategy
  • -Economics
  • -Finance
  • -Human Resources
  • -Marketing Management
  • -Manufacturing and Production
  • -Operations Management
  • -Statistics
  • -Technology and Information Systems

The core curriculum accounts for 40 percent of the degree requirement. Specific course may include leadership development, global economic environment, social networks and social capital, managerial statistics, operations strategy, financial planning and analysis, strategy structure and incentives, financial accounting, marketing strategy, and managerial economics. 

Most undergraduates interested in pursuing an MBA typically earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), a Bachelor of Science in Business (BSBA), or a Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS).

An MBA program should include the classes listed above, along with an internship. Most MBA programs follow the traditional curriculum, while some programs, such as online programs, may differ slightly. The best thing to do when searching for a quality MBA program is to make sure the program is accredited by a recognized agency such as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). You should also compare the curriculum to a top ten MBA program such as:

  1. 1. Harvard Business School 
  2. 2. INSEAD (France)
  3. 3. IMD (Switzerland.)
  4. 4. MIT: Sloan School of Management 
  5. 5. Stanford University Graduate School of Business  
  6. 6. University of Pennsylvania: Wharton Business School
  7. 7. University of Chicago Graduate School of Business  
  8. 8. Columbia University Graduate School of Business
  9. 9. London Business School   (UK)  
  10. 10. Northwestern University: Kellogg Business School   

There are hundreds of quality MBA programs in the U.S. and abroad, so just because you didn’t graduate from a top ten program doesn’t mean your chances of making it are any less. Most MBA programs are challenging, competitive and rewarding, so give it your all and you’ll go far.

To review a list of recognized accrediting agencies visit the U.S. Department of Education website at www.ed.gov for details.

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