Athlete

Nearly 8 million students participate in high school athletics. Of those, only six percent compete at NCAA schools and only a fraction will become professional or Olympic athletes. The following majors/concentrations allow athletes to continue in a sports-related career.

Agronomy

Golf and Sports Turf Management

Prepares students to manage turfgrass on golf courses and sports facilities.

Career Opportunities:
  • Athletic field manager - median annual salary of $60,175
  • Chemical sales representative - median annual salary of $88,270
  • Golf course superintendent - median annual salary of $89,000
  • Sod farm manager - median annual salary of $51,859

  • Human Development and Family Science

    Youth Development

    Prepares students to understand and work effectively with children and adolescents, ages 10-18, in a variety of settings.

    Career Opportunities:
    • Director of volunteers - median annual salary of $81,330
    • 4-H professional - median annual salary of $68,670
    • Youth program administrator - median annual salary of $60,397
    • Juvenile probation officer - median annual salary of $53,020

    • Landscape Contracting and Management

      Prepares students to manage and maintain landscape projects after implementation.

      Career Opportunities:
      • Community planner - median annual salary of $73,050
      • Landscape sales manager - median annual salary of $51,000
      • Public garden manager - median annual salary of $61,920